Trip Planning FAQSPearl Harbor National Memorial, a unit of the National Park Service offers visitors a place to connect with national, international, and personal histories of World War II in the Pacific, ranging from events leading to the December 7, 1941 attack on Oʻahu, to continued peace and reconciliation. The memorial is a “place of remembrance and contemplation of the nature of war and the sacrifices of those who lost their lived during the Pacific War.”
Pearl Harbor National Memorial is adjacent to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and includes the mostly open-air Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, two-world class museums, is home to the USS Arizona Memorial, along with the USS Utah, and the USS Oklahoma Memorials (located on Ford Island), the shipwrecks; submerged resources; mooring quays F6 North and South, F7 North and South, and F8 North and South; the six Chief Petty Officer Bungalows; and other historic and archeological sites are tangible features of Battleship Row and the Pearl Harbor environs.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial is your gateway to World War II history, from engagement to peace. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is your departure point for the National Park Service facilitated USS Arizona Memorial program, and the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites (seperate and independent sites not managed by the National Park Service).
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Reservations and tickets are not required to enter the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, walk the grounds, or visit the museums.
Reservations for the National Park Service facilitated USS Arizona Memorial Programs via Recreation.gov are strongly recommended for those wanting to participate in the time & capacity dependent program, for more information see our USS Arizona Memorial Program Page.
Reservations are required for the National Park Service facilitate Ford Island Bus Tour (including stops at the USS Utah and Oklahoma Memorials).
The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, Battleship Missouri, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum are separate and independent sites not managed by the National Park Service. Please visit their respective websites for additional information and rates.
The Passport to Pearl Harbor offering on recreation.gov is for neighboring non-governmental museums not managed by that National Park Service and as such they do charge their own independently determined admission fees. These sites are accessed through the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, that entrance is free and manned by Park Rangers who are responsible for enforcing the no bag policy. Their Pearl Harbor Historic Site shuttle is free. You can also purchase ala cart admissions the day of your visit from their onsite ticket booth at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center which allows you to determine the best use of your time.
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There are many things to witness and experience at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, most are free but a few will require a fee.
- Reserve a time and seat the for the USS Arizona Memorial Program
- Reserve a time and seat for the Ford Island Bus Tour
The Pacific Historic Parks Pearl Harbor Audio Tour and VR expericence can be reserved in advance on recreation.gov or purchased onsite the day of your visit (fees will apply). A non-profit cooperating association of the National Park Service. The self-guided audio tour walks you through 27 stops throughout the visitor center, interpretive exhibit galleries, and waterfront interpretive displays, and the USS Arizona Memorial and is narrated by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. The audio tour is available in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.
The Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center via virtual reality technology “Walking the Deck of the USS Arizona Before the Attack," “Witness the Attack on Battleship Row,” and “Experience the USS Arizona Memorial, " all equipment is provided, with VR staff available to assist you.
The Pearl Harbor Historic Site Partners, are separate and independent sites, not managed by the National Park Service. For information on operating hours and health & safety considerations please visit their respective websites. You can purchase the Pacific Historic Parks Audio Tour, VR Experience, Deluxe Tour, or admission to any of the other sites the day of your visit as your schedule allows. These sites and activities are not time or capacity dependent.
Pacific Historic Parks, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center bookstore manager, Audio Tour, Deluxe Tour, & VR Center
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, formerly the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Plan your visit to the USS Arizona Memorial by reviewing our USS Arizona Memorial Program page.
National Park Service facilitated USS Arizona Memorial programs are running (weather and safety permitting) as of January 6, 2022. Every effort will be made to monitor the repairs made to the dock so that visits to the USS Arizona Memorial can remain as uninterrupted as possible. However, additional repairs may be needed and may still occur on short notice.
If you want to see the USS Oklahoma and USS Utah Memorials on Ford Island and do not have an Active-Duty Military ID, you must reserve seat/s for the Ford Island Bus Tour, as these sites are located on Ford Island, an active duty military base. This program is fully guided and escorted by National Park Service Rangers in careful coordination with the US Navy.
Reservations are required for this time and capacity dependent program. Plan your visit by reviewing our Ford Island Bus Tour page. This program departs from and returns to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
National Park Service facilitated Ford Island Bus Tours are running (weather and safety permitting) as of May 4, 2022. However, base security concerns may necessitate the cancellation of programs, every effort will be made to notify the public in a timely manner although they may still occur on short notice.
The park film and USS Arizona Memorial program are still unattached. But you can watch the film in the theater on a large flat screen TV while we work to update the projector and audio components.
Only water is allowed in the theaters. This will help us keep the theaters in clean and working order for millions of visitors for years to come.
Due to copyright issues, the film is only available on-site at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and cannot be shared digitally.
Firstly, thank you so much for your service.
Secondly, just like everyone else. Pearl Harbor National Memorial is mandated to provide free, fair, and equal access to all visitors regardless of military affiliation. Reservations are still recommended for the USS Arizona Memorial program. There is not an online field required or available for Military IDs, Military National Park Service passes, Veterans Passes, or Access passes.
Entrance to the visitor center and tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial program are already free, so there is no need for an ID or National Park Service pass at Pearl Harbor National Memorial. We do not sell the passes. However, you can purchase them online.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial only accepts reservations made via Recreation.gov. GroupOn and Go Oahu cards are not valid for National Park Service facilitated programs. Please read the fine print on any purchase made via third party booking sites. To have a reserved program time please utilize recreation.gov or be prepared to wait in the standby line for space available seating.
We have a no bag policy. Bags that offer concealment, such as purses, handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage, etc. that exceed the measurements of 1.5" X 2.25" X 5.5," are not allowed at the monument.
The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum operates a baggage storage facility near the entrance to the visitor center. There is a fee per bag for all sizes, including luggage. Visitors may use the same bag storage and parking stall for visits to all Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. Security measures are strictly enforced at all visitor destinations on Pearl Harbor.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted on site, only water is permitted inside the museums, theaters, on US Navy vessels, and on USS Arizona Memorial. Please stay hydrated and remember to #RecreateResponsibly - Pack it in and Pack it out. Taking everything out with you that you brought in helps keep Pearl Harbor clean and pristine.
If you have a medical issue that may require the use of a medical bag that might offer concealment you must disclose this to security, bags that offer concealment are still subject to screening. Bags can only carry the medically required items. Final say rests with the Park Security Rangers. Please allow extra time for bag screenings.
Additional information on the Park Bag Policy
Pearl Harbor National Memorial is an accessible site, there are no hills, paths are mostly flat. There are benches placed around the visitor center and wheelchair locks on the US Navy provided vessels that transport visitors back and forth to the Memorial. Wheelchairs are not available for rent at the park.
Rollators, a wheeled version of a walker with a seat, are the source of the most common traumatic injury requiring hospitalization at Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Rollators are considered a walking aid by the manufacturers and not a substitute for a wheelchair. The rollator seat is designed for resting but not for being pushed or for significant weight-bearing while moving. Please use caution while visiting PHNM to make sure your family and friends with additional mobility needs have a safe and enjoyable visit.
Motorized mobility devices are also welcome at the Visitor Center and on US Navy Vessels, and the USS Arizona Memorial.
Strollers are also welcome on site but can only go so far as the USS Arizona Memorial pre-boarding area at the Park Theater. Strollers are not permitted on US Navy vessels or the USS Arizona Memorial, please plan to bring a baby carrier if needed.
All ages are welcome at Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Those with small children or infants should be aware of a few visitation tips:
If utilizing Recreation.gov, everyone needs a ticket for the USS Arizona Memorial program, including small infants and children. This is due to US Navy and Coast Guard safety regulations for boat capacity and life jackets.
Strollers and wagons are welcome on site but can only go so far as the USS Arizona Memorial pre-boarding area at the Park Theater. Strollers are not permitted on US Navy vessels or the USS Arizona Memorial, please plan to bring a baby carrier if needed.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial has a strict no bag policy so in order to accommodate diaper needs and such, it is suggested that parents or care-givers put the needed items in a clear seal-able like bag then place the bag in the attached under stroller seat, this way the bag does not offer concealment, keeps the items from flying away, and you have what you need.
Because Pearl Harbor National Memorial has a no bag policy, it is recommended that you bring snacks and water bottles that you can carry. There is a small snack shop on site that carries various sundry snacks and cold beverages. There are water fountains located throughout the park to use or refill water bottles with. #RecreateResponsibly - Pack it in and Pack it out. Taking everything out with you that you brought in helps keep Pearl Harbor clean and pristine.
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Visitors are reminded that they are visiting a site of tremendous loss of life in service to our country. The USS Arizona Memorial marks a final resting place for hundreds and a space for remembrance and reflection by millions more. Considering this, we recommend visitors recognize appropriate dress and personal standards.
Military visitors to the memorial are within the bounds of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and military regulations relating to military dress are enforced by Navy personnel. Per COMNAVREG Hawaii Instruction 1020.2N, military visitors in uniform are required to dress in Class B or better in order to gain access to the USS Arizona Memorial. Battle dress uniform is not allowed on the memorial, though it is allowed throughout the visitor center and at sites on Ford Island. Military visitors are welcome to wear civilian attire when visiting.
We would like to advise that you come prepared to be on your feet, so comfortable shoes are strongly recommended, having a hat, sunglasses and reef-safe sunscreen are also strongly suggested.
Plans are still being finalized, please check back with us in the Fall, announcements will be made via our website and our social media pages.
We do! Please use the below form; provide your name, contact email (please make sure it is spelled correctly), description of the item and location last seen. If you lost your item at the Battleship Missouri, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, or the bookstore please reach out to them directly at Pearlharborstorage@thessagroup.com
Pearl Harbor Lost and Found Form
Last updated: May 31, 2022