Battleship Missouri Memorial

Phone (877) 644-4896
5 stars from 8 reviews
Address 63 Cowpens St, Honolulu, HI 96818
The Battleship Missouri Memorial was launched in 1944 and is the last battleship ever built. Today's it's a museum that you can tour.

Features
• General: Cost: Paid • General: Educational
• General: Has Gift Shop • General: Photo Opportunity
• General: Restrooms • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Tours: Boat & Submarine • Tours: Guided
• Tours: Self Guided • Cultural & Historical: Memorials / Statues

Matt Anderson's Take
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is located at Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial on the island of O'ahu. The USS Missouri was launched back on January 29, 1944 and is the last battleship ever built. The ship has two elevators so those in wheelchairs will be able to get up to the Main Deck area and access the museum as well as take another elevator to access the Surrender Deck.


To get here, you'll enter the main entrance to Pearl Harbor, buy tickets, and then board a shuttle bus which is located behind the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park (look for the Navy rockets and the bus stop will be to the right). The bus will take you across the bridge to Ford Island where the ship is moored.


Tickets to board the Battleship Missouri, or "Mighty Mo" as it's called, come in a few different packages, and apparently anyone 13 or older is considered an adult when it comes to ticket prices:

Mighty Mo Pass


Ticket price for general admission to the Might Mo is $25 per adult and $13 for kids 4-12. This will include your choice of taking a guided tour (35 minutes), an audio tour (120 minutes), a video tour (60-90 minutes), or a self guided tour.

Heart Of The Missouri Tour


This is a more in-depth guided tour that really lets you get all around the ship while learning about the history of the ship as well as how the various bits of it function. You'll get some hands on time with the buttons and knobs as well. Adult tickets are $50 and kid tickets are $25 ages 10-12.

Passport To Pearl Harbor


For $65 per adult and $35 per kid 4-12 you'll get the passport tickets which give you the Mighty Mo Pass options listed above as well as access to the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

The Experience


Once aboard the massive ship you'll be able to join one of the guided tours or just walk around on your own. If you're interested in the details and history you may get the most out of the tour while others will prefer to explore on their own and at their own pace rather than being stuck with a big group of people.


You'll be surprised at just how large this thing is! Even with many portions of the ship that you are not allowed to go into there is still a ton of walking you'll do here. It's not claustrophobic like the Bowfin is (see USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park), but there are plenty of places with steep stairs and plenty of hatches you walk through that require stepping over so you'll want to be comfortable walking around and climbing ladder like stairs.


You'll get a very good idea of what ship life was like back in the WWII days (without the all the bad bits of course) and it's really fun to explore but the fun may not last long for everyone. Pretty quick you realize that every room you walk into is just more of the same. Kitchen, dining hall, sleeping bunks, office rooms. Rinse, repeat.


The upper decks are neat to see as is the Surrender Deck where the Japanese signed the official surrender documents. The big guns are impressive up close. If you love this kind of stuff you could probably spend hours here, for everyone else...well, not so much.


Should you bring kids? If your kids don't mind a lot of walking and love military stuff like this I'm sure they'll have fun if you keep it under an hour. What I saw constantly were kids doing the usual "Come on mom, you said we were done 30 minutes ago" and "Dad, I'm hungry, can we go yet" and on and on.


If you get hungry or need a snack for the kids you'll be able to order up some eats from Sliders Grill or Wai Momi Shave Ice which are located right near the entrance to the ship.
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Dave
Joined: Apr 2016
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We were at the Missouri a couple of years ago when we spent the entire day at the Pearl Harbor National Park. This ship is so big! It is amazing how they can get so many sailors on it. The flags as you walk up to it, is just amazing and so impressive. The statue of the sailor kissing a girl is also there as you walk up to it.
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Nicole L
Joined: Aug 2017
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Put your walking shoes on! Also you might wanna stretch your legs too before going to the boat. Tons of steps no elevator. Eat before you go in. They do have one of those penny stretching machines.
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Kerrie R
Joined: Sep 2016
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We went here on our honeymoon. This place is very eerie, just climbing over where people lived and worked and ate. I have never been on a battleship before and it was so surreal and amazing - so worth it. Just seeing what they had to deal with puts everything into perspective. Definitely worth going on! I would love to do it again!
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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This is an impressive site to see and I think most people should see it and will enjoy it, at least at first. It does get very repetitive very fast because the place is so massive and pretty soon it's just viewing one room after another. Still, it is neat to see what ship life was like back then (without all of the ordering around, bombings, etc). So, yes, it's neat to see but after 30 minutes I'd seen enough.

The only complaint I really have is value. It's all a bit pricey for walking around a ship and they'll try and get even more money from you along the way in the form of donation boxes, souvenir photos, and a gift shop. Yes, a battleship from a war where tens of millions died has a gift shop. I get why it's here, but it still doesn't feel right.

Serious history and / or military buffs will love this place for sure, most others will enjoy it for a bit and then be ready to move on.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
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After taking a tour of the Bowfin, I found the Battleship Missouri to be downright spacious. If you've never had an opportunity to tour a battleship, this is probably a great side trip if you're an enthusiast.

The size of the ship is massive, as are the canons. The ship offers a first hand, close up look at our most famous WWII battleship. There are roped off areas where you can visit the mess hall, post office, bunks, and the crazy amount of bureaucratic departments that it takes to keep a vessel like this afloat.

Probably the most interesting thing that I was not aware of was the area where the ship is actually steered is completely shielded off - a sniper isn't going to take out the captain since it's an isolated bunker on the upper deck of the ship.

It's also interesting to see the captain's cabin which is luxurious, and looks like he enjoyed the privilege of fine dining, with the fancy dining room table, sofa, and TV.

It's pretty expensive to visit the Missouri, but if you're a veteran or a military aficionado, then this is not to be missed. If you have squirmy kids that have no interest in this sort of thing, by all means - leave the kid with your wife and go alone. (I'm assuming it's mostly men who are into this kind of stuff).
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
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We had a great day visiting the Battleship Missouri memorial. Very informative and was great to get on and see the ship inside. Love learning about the military and enjoyed my day. Well worth it go check it out and there's lots of photo opportunities too. Would come back and visit again so head down and check it out.
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Beth
Joined: Jul 2013
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I went here on a field trip with my son. What you get to see in the tour is just a very small part of the ship, but it gives you an idea of life would be like here. If your kids are into boats then they would probably enjoy this, if not then they will get bored really fast.
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Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
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The U.S.S. Missouri Memorial has an overall 4.5 star average rating out of almost 2000 reviews.
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