Sequestration Update: Changes in USS Arizona Memorial Tour Schedule
Due to sequestration budget impacts, the National Park Service will delay filling key positions in Visitor Services. This will have an immediate impact on the hours of operation at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the number of tours offered daily to the USS Arizona Memorial.
Effective Wednesday March 6, 2013, the last public tour to the USS Arizona Memorial will be offered at 1:00 P.M. as opposed to 3:00 P.M. Regular program tours to the USS Arizona Memorial will take place from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and daily tickets remain available for those time frames on Recreation.gov in addition to tickets that are available for walk-in visitors on site.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center hours of operation will be between 7:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. as opposed to 5:00 P.M. The book store, snack shop, museums and audio tours remain available during visitor center hours. Access to the USS Bowfin Submarine, Pacific Aviation Museum and the USS Missouri Memorial will not be impacted. Please take this opportunity to take advantage of Passport to Pearl Harbor through Recreation.gov.
We will inform you of further updates as changes occur.
Reserve your tickets in advance online!
Dring the busy summer months, the limited number of program tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial program are distributed quite quickly! Making an advance reservation via www.Recreation.gov is the best (and only) way to ensure that you will have a ticket for a particular day and time. Click here for more information.
Audio Tour Now Available: Hear first-hand accounts from Pearl Harbor Survivors!
"Excellent! Very moving and expressive."
- David, Canterbury, Great Britain
- Alan, Richmond, Virginia
Pacific Historic Parks is proud to offer a newly-updated audio tour narrated by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of actor and Pacific War veteran, Tony Curtis. The audio tour provides narration throughout the visitor center, exhibit galleries, and waterfront interpretive displays, in addition to providing interpretive information on the shuttle boats and on the Memorial. Featuring guest narration by actual Pearl Harbor Survivors and Historian Daniel Martinez, the audio tour is recommended for all visitors while waiting for their programs to begin.
Headsets are available for rent at the booth to the left of the NPS Tickets and Information Desk. The audio tour is available in seven languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, German, and Spanish. Click here to reserve yours today!
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Facilities
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is the primary portal for visitors coming to Pearl Harbor to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. Click here for a helpful map of the Visitor Center.
Orientation in Aloha Court
Visitors can receive information about planning their day at Pearl Harbor immediately upon entering the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Tickets and information are available in Aloha Court.
Exhibit Galleries: "Road to War" and "Attack"
The exhibit galleries bring visitors closer to the sights and sounds of the events leading up to the attack on Oahu and its aftermath. These galleries display personal memorabilia, dramatic photographs, artifacts of the battle, and other exhibits. Kiosks are available to hear history from those who witnessed it.
Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater is located across from the two exhibit galleries. As part of the 75-minute USS Arizona Memorial program (immediately preceding the boat trip to the actual Memorial), visitors will enter the theater to view a 23-minute documentary film on the December 7, 1941 attack.
The bookstore is filled with over 120 book titles relating to the attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the Pacific War effort. There are over 50 videos, posters, audio recordings, and other mementos relating to the USS Arizona, the attack on Oahu, and War in the Pacific that visitors can purchase as a reminder of their visit and to further educate themselves on the subject.
Pacific Historic Parks, a non-profit cooperating association that supports and funds educational and interpretive materials to four NPS sites throughout the Pacific, operates the bookstore and provides products related to World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the Pearl Harbor Attack.
Interpretive Wayside Exhibits
Throughout the facility are interpretive wayside exhibits that invite visitors to imagine the experience of that tragic day. Through superimposing descriptive images of Pearl Harbor as it was in 1941 across the panorama of the busy port as it appears today, the wayside exhibits allow visitors to connect the past with the present.
This exhibit pays tribute to the men, women, and children, both military and civilian, who were killed as a result of the attack on December 7, 1941. Medal of Honor recipients are noted with their names listed in gold lettering, and a bronze 3D map of Oahu illustrates the various attack targets of that day.
Beyond the structural elements of the visitor center, there is a rich human subtext. Most days, one or more Pearl Harbor survivors can be found at the visitor center sharing stories and remembrances with visitors.
Interpretive programs are incorporated into the visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. Upon entering the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, visitors may obtain a free ticket for their timed USS Arizona Memorial program. While waiting for their tours to begin, visitors may rent an audio tour headset to begin a fully-narrated tour, explore the bookstore, exhibit galleries, wayside exhibits, or simply relax and enjoy the setting of Pearl Harbor.
The 75-minute program for the USS Arizona Memorial begins at the theater. It includes a brief introduction, a 23-minute documentary film, a Navy-operated shuttle boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, and time to experience the Memorial itself. Note: There are no public restroom facilities on the Memorial.
Strict security measures prohibit purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage and/or other items that offer concealment. Visitors may bring cameras, cell phones, and wallets, although since no bags are allowed, you are encouraged to pack lightly.
A storage facility operated by the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is available in the immediate area of the entrance to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. There is a nominal storage fee of $3 per bag. The storage facility is in operation daily 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors may use the same bag storage and parking stall for visits to all Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
These security measures are strictly enforced at all visitor destinations on Pearl Harbor. Although federal law enforcement officers and security bike patrols monitor the parking lots, please do not leave items of value in your car.
Atmosphere on the Memorials
Visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial and the USS Utah Memorial should remember that these memorials commemorate those who died as a part of the December 7, 1941 attack. These memorials are places of honor, inspiration, reflection, and quiet contemplation. Visitors are asked to assist in maintaining an atmosphere of decorum.
Strollers are allowed in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, but not in the theaters or on shuttle boats to the USS Arizona Memorial. While strollers may be parked at the theaters and picked up once the visitors return from the Memorial, NPS is not responsible for monitoring strollers or other personal items left behind.
We encourage you to plan ahead for your hydration and nutritional needs. While only bottled water is permitted on the actual tour, you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks into the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Concessions are available for purchase on-site as well.
Visitors are reminded that they are visiting a site of tremendous loss of life in service to our country. Sandals are permissible, but bathing suits or profane T-shirts are discouraged.
Military visitors to the National Monument are within the boundary of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and military regulations relating to military dress are enforced by Navy personnel. Per the Pacific Commander, military visitors in uniform are required to dress in Class "B" or better in order to gain access to the shuttle boats to the USS Arizona Memorial. Battle dress uniform is not allowed on the USS Arizona Memorial, though it is allowed throughout the visitor center and at sites on Ford Island. Military visitors are welcome to wear civilian clothes when they visit.