picture from the Pearl Harbor Submarine & Museum Tour tour - The Second World War-era submarine USS Bowfin at Pearl Harbor, Photo credit: Max Smith, 2006

Pearl Harbor Submarine & Museum Tour

Explore the intriguing world of submarines, both past and present.

The USS Bowfin was launched on December 7, 1942 and completed nine successful war patrols. For her wartime service she also earned both the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation. The USS Bowfin was acquired from the U.S. Navy in 1979 and opened to the public in 1981. In 1986 she was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior.

For the tour of the Submarine USS Bowfin, visitors are given a digital audio player that narrates their tour. As they explore this historic WWII submarine, visitors hear personal accounts from sailors who served aboard the Bowfin and learn what life on board was like for her 80-man crew.

For the museum tour, visitors' audio tours narrate an exploration of the 10,000 square-foot museum. Exhibits include an impressive collection of submarine-related artifacts, including submarine weapon systems, photographs, paintings, battleflags, original recruiting posters, and detailed submarine models illustrating the history of the U.S. Submarine Service. An especial highlight is 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.

Within Bowfin Park stands a public memorial honoring the 52 American submarines and the more than 3,500 submariners lost during WWII.

Note: For security reasons, bags (including diaper and camera) must be checked in at the entry or left with the driver.

Note: For safety reasons, children under 4 are not permitted on the submarine.

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USS Bowfin, Photo Credit: Daniel Ramirez, 2011 Picture from Pearl Harbor Submarine & Museum Tour

Every day,
Departures: 7am and 8am
Returns: 12 noon and 1pm

Days &Times:

1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818
(Directions available if you wish to drive yourself and visit outside the scheduled transportation times.)


Transportation and admission.


Comfortable casual clothing. The National Park Service Policy does, however, specify "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."


Museum gift shop, snack shop, and restrooms.

On-Site Amenities:

$39.00 - Adults
$24.00 - Children 4-12
Free - Children under 4 (access to museum, but not to sub)
Group Rates Available (Inquire with Agent)
Group Rate Details

Free with All Oahu Pass Card

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

(plus 5% state tax)

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