There is a reason the USS Arizona Memorial is the number one visitor destination in Hawaii.
Millions of people from all over the world come to this majestic setting to see for themselves where World War II began for the United States on December 7, 1941.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 3,000 miles from the West Coast of America and 4,000 miles from Japan, Pearl Harbor serves as a central gathering place for the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which consists of 9 historic locations in 3 of the westernmost United States - California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Of these, five are located within Pearl Harbor itself: the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the USS Utah Memorial, and parts of Ford Island and Battleship Row.
The USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see destination for all individuals coming to Hawaii, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors each year from all over the world. Visitors are free to explore the grounds of the $65 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, which was expanded from the original 3 to 17 acres, in December of 2011.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service and is open daily from 7am to 5pm (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking is free to all visitors.
The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when their ship was bombed by the Japanese Naval Forces. This loss of life represents over half of the Americans killed during the worst naval disaster in American history.
There are free tours to the USS Arizona Memorial every 15 minutes from 7:30 am to 3:00pm and include a compelling 23-minute documentary film on the history of the politics, the people, and the attack on Oahu. After viewing the film, visitors are then boarded on a 145 passenger US Navy operated boat and experience an unforgettable ride to the USS Arizona Memorial. The movie and boat tour to the USS Arizona Memorial takes approximately 75 minutes.
There are three ways to secure the movie/boat tickets to the Memorial:
- Two months out, 325 tickets are place online at recreation.gov. The official National Park Service website for its Parks. Please note there are three choices to choose from in getting these tickets.
- Each day at 7:00am Hawaii Standard Time an additional 525 tickets are place on recreation.gov.
- If you were not able to secure your movie/boat tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial online, the National Park Service gives out over 1,300 free walk up tickets each day on a first come, first serviced basis. Be sure to arrive early for these walk up tickets, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center opens at 7:00am.