Uss Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Phone (808) 423-1341
4.5 stars from 5 reviews
Address 11 Arizona Memorial Dr, Honolulu, HI 96818-3104
Take a tour through an actual WWII submarine and explore a museum full of history and artifacts.

• General: Cost: Paid • General: Educational
• Tours: Boat & Submarine • Tours: Self Guided
• Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center

Full Description
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is located at Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial. The experience contains both a museum and an actual WWII-era submarine that you can take a tour through.

Prices for both the self-guided submarine and museum tour are $12 for adults and $5 for children 4-12. If you just want to access the 10,000 square foot museum without going on the sub then prices are $5 for adults and $4 for children. Kids under 4 can go in the museum but not on the submarine due to safety reasons.

You'll get a digital audio player that narrates the tour as you explore the historic WWII submarine. It's a great way to imagine what life on board must have been like for her 80-man crew. The USS Bowfin launched on December 7, 1942 (one year after the attacks) and completed nine successful war patrols. For her wartime service she also earned both the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation.

The U.S. Navy acquired the Bowfin in 1979 and opened it to the public in 1981. In 1986 the Department of the Interior designated the Bowfin a National Historic Landmark.

Museum exhibits include an impressive collection of submarine-related artifacts. You'll see a variety of submarine weapon systems, photographs, battle flags, recruiting posters, and detailed submarine models. Exhibits include a Poseidon C-3 missile that allows visitors to examine its inner workings. It is the only one of its kind to be on public display.

The Bowfin is a neat thing to see, and it's hard to imagine that so many men could fit on this small sub. Claustrophobes need not apply! To tour the sub you'll need to be able to navigate some small hallways and climb through small doors (hatches). It's not for everyone.

Is it worth doing? If you've come to Pearl Harbor and enjoy historical or military "things" then you'll enjoy seeing the sub. It's not a great value because it's over pretty fast, and they'll try and upsell you on a souveneir photo (tacky, annoying). So, it's not for everyone.

If you need some quick eats, check out the Pearl Harbor Concession Stand that's right here by the Bowfin.

Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 237
Likes Received: 33
OMG! It is amazing. I don't know how they would get so many people to stay in this submarine for so long. I could not do it. Not to mention that I am not a small guy and neither is my brother and we were having a hard time walking through it.
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 146
Likes Received: 2
This was my favorite tour at Pearl Harbor. You can choose to wear headsets that will guide you through, or just walk through on your own. The experience of walking through an actual WWII submarine is pretty surreal. Even though they only let a certain amount of people on at a time, it can still get pretty crammed, so be prepared. Definitely worth the trip!
Debra F
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 12
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Great to experience the inside of the sub.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Never have been on a submarine before, so it was pretty interesting. Very claustrophobic environment to work in. You get to push a few buttons and walk through the sub - get the feel of what it's like to be part of the "Silent Service" during WWII. A cool addition to tack onto your Pearl Harbor Tour.
Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 26
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park has an overall rating of 4.5 stars from dozens of reviews.
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