Note: Admission to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is free for all visitors. The Go Oahu Card covers the cost of the tour of the 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.
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:
Admission to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is free for all visitors. Your pass covers the cost of the tour of the Battleship Missouri 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.