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Battleship Missouri Memorial

This is the site upon which Japan officially surrendered to the United States, marking the end of World War II. But with service spanning three wars, this ship has a much broader story to tell. Get the details with your pick of four fascinating tours.
  • Adult gate price $25.00
  • Child gate price $13.00
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Take a special tour of the Battleship Missouri, the last battleship ever built-now newly refurbished! Stand on the Surrender Deck, the official site of the end of World War II. See the fatal spot where a Japanese kamikaze pilot flew into the hull of the ship. The Mighty Mo proudly served in World War II, the Korean War and the Gulf War. Step back in time aboard an American icon and hero, the Battleship Missouri.

The USS Missouri, or Mighty Mo, was the last battleship built in the United States. Commissioned in 1944, it famously acted as the location that marked the surrender of the Japanese Empire and the end of World War II. The Missouri continued to see combat action during the Korean War and Gulf War before she was decommissioned in 1992 and docked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington State. She was towed to Honolulu and opened as a floating museum in 1999. The Missouri underwent an $18 million renovation at the beginning of 2010.

Your tour of the Battleship Missouri includes the surrender deck, as well a look at where a Japanese kamikaze pilot flew his plane into the Missouri's hull. Her bow faces the USS Arizona Memorial and watches over the remains of those servicemen who lost their lives during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Even if you aren’t a history buff or part of a military family, the Battleship Missouri Memorial is a fascinating vessel and is consistently rated among the most-visited sites in Hawaii!

Your “Mighty Mo Pass” is good for admission to the self-guided walking tour with three different pre-marked routes.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is on Ford Island, across the Admiral Clary Bridge from the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum. It's easy to make a day out of touring all three sites, so do plan ahead. Even a brisk-paced tour of the Missouri will have you spending at least 90 minutes from shuttle pick-up to drop-off. Allow yourself approximately five hours to see all three sites, plus time to rest and eat. To keep your sights in historical order, you might choose to start your day with the Arizona, where the U.S. involvement in World War II began, and end with the Missouri, where the war finally came to an end.

The shuttle bus to the island runs every 10-12 minutes.

A few tips:

  • Be prepared for lots of stairs and ladders, some of them steep, and expect to spend the majority of your time outside.
  • Do dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. Dresses and skirts are not advised.
  • It's a good idea to bring water, although vending machines and concessions are available both on the pier and on the ship.
  • As with any outdoor activity in Hawaii, don't forget sunscreen!
  • Leave all bags—including purses, backpacks, and shopping bags—at your hotel or check them for $3 each at the USS Bowfin Submarine Park and Museum before boarding the shuttle bus.
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are allowed, but the many stairs may make navigation a challenge. There is a lift that can bring mobility-impaired visitors to the main deck and an elevator that accesses the Surrender Deck.
  • Photographers will take your party's picture as you board the boat and offer prints for sale as you leave. No purchase required, but you might find yourself wanting to remember your trip to the USS Missouri!

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FUN
By Chrissy from East Moline, IL on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

We had a great time and it was very educational!

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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

In Memory of My DAD
By Ruth ann from Raleigh NC on
Pros:
A true beauty
Best Uses:
Charles hopkins
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

In memorie of my dad, Charles Lee Hopkins was able to return to his ship one last time...... I was informed he took over the tour and explained the battleship to many. As he stood in front ready to board with a strong salute a tear ran down his cheek.......So proud he was of his ship! GOD BLESS YOU DAD.forever missed and never forgotten. Love, Ruth Ann

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Informative, interesting
By cookspop Verified Reviewer from Omaha, NE on
Pros:
Informative, Audio tour, Interesting, Crowds managed well
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

This tour is very well done. It is interesting and full of details about the battle ship and the history surrounding it. Well worth the time and money!

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

A MUST TO SEE
By Hawaii Verified Reviewer from Montreal on
Pros:
Interesting Educational
Cons:
none
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

We love this trip! My children enjoyed everything in this ship from inside out. VEry educational, informative and inspiring!

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

amazing
By shakeys world from utah on
Pros:
Wonderful museum
Cons:
none
Best Uses:
Go ohau card and time
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

This site was amazing. It was worth the time to come and go through the whole ship. I was impressed how well kept the ship was in and how good the maintainance was. The walking tour was incredble. It gave you a sence of awe of what happened there. Worth going to over and over.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

historical experience
By islandgirlka[@] Verified Reviewer from belleville, new jersey on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

Totally enjoyed the experience aboard this magnificent ship. The tour guides were very polite and knowledgeable. Was great to experience a piece of history!!!

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[3 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Everyone should see this
By iydgiydgi Verified Reviewer from Houston, Texas on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

My wife and I took our 9 and 10 year old daughters to the Big Mo, and even the girls liked it. The tour was very interesting. We also went to the Arizona and the Bowfin, you should do all three. Be sure to go EARLY in the morning to this attraction, since they hand out tickets to the boat that takes you to the Arizona, and there are only so many tickets, and they run out (By about 10:30 am according to one ranger at the park.)

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[13 of 17 customers found this review helpful]

Very disappointing
By bonofreak from Atlanta area on
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Battleship Missouri Memorial:

Although we thoroughly enjoyed touring the Missouri, and found it to be very moving; we were extremely disappointed in the way the "greeters" to the ship made it seem so circus-like. And they were EXTREMELY rude!!!They MADE every person stop before boarding the ship and take a silly picture, with hats on no less! I saw only one family actually seem to want to go along with this stuff, the rest of us, and it was very crowded mind you, wanted to simply by-pass this picture taking and get on board the ship. But they would not allow it. Every single person HAD to have their picture taken before boarding they repeated again and again to the disgruntled crowd. Many families tried to go around the picture taking, but were all told they would have to take a picture or they would not be allowed on board!Now, once we got on board, we enjoyed that, but starting out in such a horrbile way, it truly did take away some of the dignity of what happened on that ship. Very unfortunate that they feel the need to do things like like in such a place. Also, there were no brochures at all given to us, however I saw one in the gift shop for purchase. No, I would not go back or recommend that my friends go here.

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Battleship Missouri Memorial Details

Phone: (808) 973-2494
Address
63 Cowpens Street
Honolulu, HI 96818
Hours
September-May: Daily, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
June-August: 8:00 am-5:00pm
Note
For security reasons, bags of any kind are not permitted in the memorial. You may check your bags for $3 each at the Visitor's Center.
Closings
New Year's Day,Thanksgiving Day,and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
63 Cowpens Street
Honolulu, HI 96818
Public Transportation
Take “The Bus” Express B from Kuhio Avenue in the Waikiki resortarea and transfer to Express A at Punchbowl and Beretania Streets. Get off at the Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Historic Sites stop.
Driving Directions
From the Waikiki resort area take the H1 Freeway west and pass the airport. Take the exit labeled “Arizona Memorial/Stadium”. Stay in the left lane and exit where the sign says “Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.”

Admission and Offer Information

Show your Go Select Pass to the security guard to board the Ford Island Shuttle located in front of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum. Once on board the Missouri, present your Go Select Pass at the ticket window for entry to the memorial.

For security reasons, bags of any kind are not permitted in the memorial. You may check your bags for $3 each at the Visitor's Center.

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