Pacific Aviation Museum

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)

History took place right here. The hangars housing this attraction were bombed during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Take a moving and educational tour of vintage aircraft and displays. Plus, defend the skies in one of the combat flight simulators.

  • Adult gate price $25.00
  • Child gate price $12.00
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The Pacific Aviation Museum tells the story of the nation's aviation history from WWII hangars that still bear the scars of the nation's first aviation battle.

Located on historic Ford Island, you’ll explore Hangar 37, a 42,000-square-foot former seaplane hangar. After watching a brief documentary about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, you'll walk down a corridor that takes you back to island life prior to 1941. An authentic Japanese Zero aircraft is displayed as it would have looked on the deck of the Japanese carrier Hiryu at dawn on December 7, 1941. You'll also see a light civilian plane that was shot while airborne during the attack, as well as a P-40 fighter that is just like the ones that took off from Wheeler and Haleiwa Field that fateful day.

Among the aircraft you'll see inside the Pacific Aviation Museum's vast hangar are an actual B-25B Mitchell, a SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber like those used during the Battle of Midway, and a F4F Wildcat like those used by the "Cactus Air Force" in Guadalcanal. Visitors learn about the nation’s historic mobilization for war through viewing the actual Stearman N2S-3 in which former President George H. W. Bush soloed at age 18. Other aircraft you’ll see at the Pacific Aviation Museum include:

  • A Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 “Zero” fighter plane
  • A U.S. Curtiss P-40 fighter plane
  • A U.S. North American B-25B Mitchell bomber
  • A U.S. Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber
  • A U.S. Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter plane
  • A U.S. Stearman N2S-3 trainer
  • A U.S. Grumman F-14D Tomcat
  • A U.S. McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
  • A U.S. North American Aviation F-86 Sabre
  • A Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
  • A U.S. McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II
  • A U.S. Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter
  • A Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter

Interactive combat flight simulators are available for an extra fee, allowing visitors to experience just how difficult being a WWII pilot really was. The relatively new museum features top-rate exhibits and state-of-the-art displays and interactive elements. About.com's guide to Hawaii and the South Pacific, calls the Pacific Aviation Museum "a must stop for any visitor who truly wants to understand the role of aviation in the defense of freedom. … Had the museum chosen to just exhibit aircraft, it would be far less impressive. It is the stories of the men who actually flew in these aircraft depicted in life-like settings or dioramas with the planes that makes for a memorable visitor experience."

Access to the Pacific Aviation Museum is via shuttle buses that leave every 10-12 minutes from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. As with all of the military museums on Ford Island, no bags, purses, or backpacks are allowed, so plan to leave them in the trunk of your car or pay a $3 fee to use the storage lockers at the visitor center before boarding the shuttle.

Allow up to two hours for your visit, and leave yourself time to visit the aviation-themed gift shop or eat at Lanaikea Café, an island-themed restaurant that recreates a pilot's club on a remote Pacific Island.

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By Jim from Tacoma on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Pacific Aviation Museum:

This is a small but interesting museum. Not as big as Museum of flight in Seattle but still if you are an Aero buff this is worth it. It is in Pearl Harbor and fairly new.

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Not a bad museum, but a little kitschy
By thor Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Close to USS Missouri, Close to USS Arizona
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Pacific Aviation Museum:

We went to the aviation museum following the USS Missouri tour, it was worth it to drop by as we were close but not worth a special trip. Definitely had a lot of interesting aircraft to look at, but some of it was a little cheesy. They had a couple dioramas that had the feeling of a school project on a much larger scale. The restaurant/diner was good but a little slow.

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Phone: (808) 441-1000

Address

319 Lexington Blvd
Hangar 37
Honolulu, HI 96860

Hours

Daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Note

Guided Tour and Flight Simulator available as upgrades. Call to inquire about pricing.

Closings

New Year's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Address

319 Lexington Blvd
Hangar 37
Honolulu, HI 96860

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. 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.”

Present your Go Select Pass at the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center (located at 7 Arizona Memorial Way) to board the Ford Island Shuttle. Upon arrival, present your Go Select Pass to the Museum Admissions desk for entry.

For security reasons, bags of any kind are not permitted on site. You are welcome to check them at the Visitor's Center for $3 per bag.

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