Two hangers filled with WWII-era military aircraft.
General: Cost: Paid
General: Has Gift Shop
General: Photo Opportunity
Tours: Self Guided
Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center
The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial. Start at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center where you can buy your tickets (or buy online for a discount). From there you'll head to a bus that will take you to the museum.
The museum consists of two hangers. The first hanger is air conditioned and contains several aviation related exhibits. There's quite a bit to see and enjoy here.
They also offer a video-game-style simulator experience. In fact, you've likely seen the ads for it in the various fliers around Oahu. This experience costs extra but you can download a free coupon from the museum website so should be fun to try.
After the main hanger you walk to a second hanger. This one is pretty much untouched from WWII. It still has bullet holes from the Pearl Harbor attack! This hanger has several more planes in it. On our visit it had a "traveling exhibit" which was just some old WWII photos printed on large vinyl.
What was mind blowing was meeting an actual veteran, Dick, who was at the museum on the day we toured. Dick was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. He answered questions and told us stories that reminded me just how good we have it today. That was mind blowing. Unfortunately, people like Dick may or may not be there when you visit. If they are, be sure to stop by and listen to their amazing stories.
The museum costs $25 for adults and $12 for kids (4-12). Add $10 if you want a guided tour. For those not into history and military aviation, well, you may get a little bored. Still, there is something cool about standing next to some of these incredible machines. Hearing Dick talk for even 20 minutes probably made the visit worth it since that's a pretty neat experience all by itself.
If you're hungry while here stop at the Laniakea Cafe for a quick bite. There's also a gift shop here, and your kids will see it.
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