Battleship Missouri Memorial

America's Last Battleship

Hours of Operation

Open Daily
8:00am to 4:00pm

Location

Ford Island, Pearl Harbor
63 Cowpens St.,
Honolulu, HI 96818

Website

USSMissouri.org

Weighing over 58,000 tons and measuring just under 900 feet from bow to stern, the USS Missouri is a hulking, awe-inspiring behemoth of a ship. A true force to be reckoned with in her prime, today, the now peaceful giant stands silent guard over Pearl Harbor.

The "Mighty Mo" was the last American battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned. The surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the Missouri brought the Second World War to an end and remains one of the most impressive highlights in her illustrious, 50-year career, spanning three wars, and three generations of American fighting men and women.

Climb aboard the Missouri and follow in the footsteps of General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers. Stride across the deck of the Mighty Mo and get a close-up view of the Missouri's massive, 16-inch, 50-caliber guns. Pop down below for a surprise inspection of the crew's quarters and mess. Finally, take your place on the bridge of the Missouri and check out the view from the Captain's Chair!

Narrated tours are available in multiple languages, including Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and Korean, and for the younger crowd, explore the last, great American battleship with your very own iPod Touch - Greatest Generation meets Texting Generation - preloaded with videos, audio files, and apps.

Of course, in this digital age, nothing beats the "original" FaceTime - good, old fashioned human interaction. Take a guided tour of the ship accompanied by a trained docent for a personalized, one-of-a-kind experience.

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The USS Missouri (BB-63)

Born in the midst of World War II, the shipyard workers at Brooklyn’s New York Navy Yard constructed the battleship in time for her launch on January 29, 1944 and commissioning as the USS Missouri on June 11, 1944 with Capt. William M. Callaghan in command.
The USS Missouri was the third U.S. Navy ship to be named after the Show Me state and the fourth American warship* to bear the name - there was a Confederate Missouri that was captured by Union forces during the Civil War but never commissioned as a United States Ship (USS). Today, a Virginia - class submarine, USS Missouri (SSN-780) has the honor of being the fourth USS Missouri and carrying the Missourilegacy into the future.
USS Missouri’s as-built design characteristics include: displacement 45,000; length 887'3"; beam 108'2"; draft 28'11"; speed 33 knots; complement 1,921; armament nine 16-inch, twenty 5-inch, eighty 40 millimeter, forty-nine 20 millimeter; class Iowa.
* In the merchant fleet there were other ships named Missouri.

Tours

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The Battleship Missouri Memorial offers two different tours, daily, with much more to explore on your own. The main tour is included in your General Admission ticket and takes you to the exact spot where WWII ended and is fully ADA accessible. You may upgrade your tour to a more in-depth tour called "The Heart of the Missouri". This tour takes you deep inside the inner workings of the ship including the engine rooms and gun turrets. This tour is not ADA accessible and is not open to children under 10.

For all our guests we recommend that you purchase bottled beverages to keep you hydrated during your visit. In addition we suggest wearing closed toed shoes and take care when moving through doorways and passageways with low ceilings. Safety briefings will be part of every visitors experience, thank you for your participation.

Mighty Mo Pass - General Admission ($29* adults, $13 children ages 4-12)

With your General Admission you are welcome to choose from four choices to explore the Battleship Missouri. Choose which one suits your interests, or you can do them all if you have the time.

  • 35-minute Guided Tour: Take a tour of the ship with one of our knowledgeable tour guides. On the tour you will see and hear about the main historical points of the ship, including the Surrender Deck. Afterwards you are welcome to explore the ship on your own at your leisure.
  • Acoustiguide Audio Tour: Explore the ship with one of our informational audio phones. With more than 100 stops above and below decks, you can spend 45 - 90 minutes learning about historical and technical aspects of the Missouri. Available in English, Japanese, and Korean.
  • Explore On Your Own: If you like to adventure on your own, you're welcome to take a map once you come aboard and take advantage of informational signs around the ship at your own pace. Tour guides and staff will be around the ship and available to answer questions or point you in the right direction.

Heart of the Missouri Tour - (General Admission + $25* adults, $12 children ages 10-12)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make the Battleship Missouri go 33 knots or how to fire the massive 16" guns? Our 90 minute Heart of the Missouri tour will take you right into our engineering spaces and give you an up close and personal look at the inner workings of the ship with a specially trained tour guide. This upgraded tour will allow you guided access into the Engine rooms, Gun Turret #1, Damage Control Central Station, Broadway, Fire Room #4 and our Aft Battery Plot Room.

For your safety, please note that this is a physically strenuous tour and is not recommended for those with mobility constraints. You must be able to climb ten sets of steep, narrow stairs, step over more than 12 two- foot high obstacles and navigate through tight doorways and low overheads. Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate.
Groups are intimate and limited to 10 guests per time slot, with 6 time slots available each day starting at 9 a.m. You can book reservations online or call our ticketing office to check availability.

Accessibility

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The Battleship Missouri Memorial welcomes its visitors with disabilities. There is a wheelchair accessible ramp on the aft entry Brow to provide access to the battleship. A tour guide or Battleship Missouri Memorial staff member will be more than happy to assist visitors with accessibility. Handicap restrooms are available at the aft Brow and on the pier where you entered the property.

There is an elevator that can take visitors with disabilities up to the Surrender Deck to hear the Surrender story and see artifacts.
Chairs and benches are located around the ship to allow people to sit and rest. Please remember that ladders and stairs are steep, making handholds difficult for visitors.

Service animals are welcome aboard the Missouri although it is unlikely that they can negotiate the steep ladders.

https://ussmissouri.org/plan-your-visit/accessibility

Exhibits & Collections

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USS Missouri is the site where World War II formally ended; it is our primary artifact; it is the place we work and explore, it is an obligation to future generations, it is an inspiration to millions of visitors; it is quite simply America’s Battleship Missouri. Exhibits aboard the ship are limited by available space and our primary objective is to preserve the authenticity of the Missouri. Exhibits, with special exceptions, are largely categorized as restored spaces or operational displays. These include many of the operational, engineering, navigational, administrative, food service and living spaces aboard Battleship Missouri that are restored to their "in-operation" appearance.

Battleshop

Battleshop offers a selection of snacks and cold drinks. Though eating on board the ship is not allowed, we do encourage you to take a re-closeable beverage to help you hydrate while on your tour! Bottled water, juices and Coca Cola products are available for purchase in the store. We also feature a variety of locally made Tropilicious’ gourmet ice creams and sorbet.

Sliders Grill

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At Slider's Grill you can enjoy a tasty Chicago Dog or cheeseburger hot off the grill along with a refreshing ice-cold drink. There is ample pier side seating offering spectacular views of the USSArizona Memorial.

Wai Momi Shaved Ice

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Also pier side is the Wai Momi Shaved Ice stand where you can cool down with a sweet Hawaiian treat, or get a slice of pizza or a giant churro.

Education

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Explore over 70 years of history on the Battleship Missouri with engaging educational program and experiences. We offer a number of programs for teachers, students and parents to learn more about the Mighty Mo's role in World War II, the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. So come aboard the biggest classroom you'll ever encounter and learn about our nation's legacy.

Host An Event

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Please see event options at the Battleship Missouri.

  • Special Events
  • Military Events

We Remember

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After completion of Operation Desert Storm, the USS Missouri paused briefly in Australia and Hawaii en route home to Long Beach Naval Station. There her officers and crew received a hero’s welcome by thousands of friends and family.

But the USS Missouri had one final mission to complete. On December 7, 1991, the Missouri returned to the historic waters of Pearl Harbor for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the attack on the Hawaiian Islands. Moored a short distance from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Missouri and Arizona provide a symbolic connection from the “day which will live in infamy” to the formal ending of World War II.

Her final mission complete, the officers and crew of the Missouri now prepared for the difficult task of retiring the historic battleship. On March 31, 1992, the Missouri was decommissioned for the final time; the last active service battleship in the world, her departing officers and crew the last battleship sailors. Though her active naval service is complete, her legacy is not forgotten. On January 29, 1999, after years of dedicated community effort, the Battleship Missouri returned to service as centerpiece of the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor.



Contact Us

Hours
DAILY 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY

Battleship Missouri Memorial
Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor
63 Cowpens St.
Honolulu, HI 96818

Phone: (808) 455-1600
Toll Free: 1-877-MIGHTYMO (1-877-644-4896)
E-mail: MightyMo@ussmissouri.org

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