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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu

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Home to a World War II submarine known as the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park allows you to learn about the role of submarines in the war and see their inner workings up close. By the time the USS Bowfin was retired after World War II, it had successfully completed nine separate patrols in the Pacific Ocean and had sunk more than 14 enemy vessels. The museum displays artifacts, including weapons. A site here honors the vessels and crewmen lost during the war. Grab a narrative audio guide to learn about life aboard the ship and its combat missions. Use our Honolulu trip planning app to visit USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park on your trip to Honolulu, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We enjoyed taking a tour of the Bowfin and learning about the submarine and it's history. Great setting in Pearl Harbor. 
    We enjoyed taking a tour of the Bowfin and learning about the submarine and it's history. Great setting in Pearl Harbor.  more »
  • Walk through the submarine and get a feel for what submariners lived like. The narrated tour is far more informative than just walking through the sub. 
    Walk through the submarine and get a feel for what submariners lived like. The narrated tour is far more informative than just walking through the sub.  more »
  • The submarine museum is next to the USS Arizona Memorial. It is a very worth while attraction to walk through. Is a self-guided tour with audio available. Covers submarine history from WWll to... 
    The submarine museum is next to the USS Arizona Memorial. It is a very worth while attraction to walk through. Is a self-guided tour with audio available. Covers submarine history from WWll to...  more »
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  • I’ve been here twice. The first time we toured the submarine and outdoor areas, the second time we explored the indoor museum. Both are included with your admission price and both are fantastic! This is a well thought out museum. As a surface Navy family we know all about ships but very little about the silent service. My 8 year old son loved learning different aspects of undersea warfare and history! The interactive quizzes and hands on displays are VERY appealing to a curious elementary aged student. I’m sure most people come to Pearl Harbor to see the Arizona Memorial, but if you have spare time or the boat tours are full, I highly encourage your visit to the Bowfin and Submarine Museum, instead. It’s mainly indoors so a great option for a rainy day. You could easily spend a few hours here if you stopped to read and interact with everything. They do offer a military discount. So if you have a military ID please let them know when you’re paying. Enjoy!
  • One of the great Museum ships in Pearl Harbor. Definitely a must see if you are going to be in the area. With the day pass you can see the USS Bowfin, USS Missouri, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Part of the exhibit is the USS bowfin itself and the Fleet Museum. You can do a self guided tour through the inside of the USS Bowfin and then finish inside the Fleet Museum itself. If you are planning on being in the area for the day i would highly recommend getting the day pass to the 3 venues so you can seem them all at once and even save some money :)
  • A fantastic place to visit if one hasn't been to a submarine before. For everyone else, go there for the stories and not the physical submarine. The museum was impressive and tells a story which needs to be told. But not sure I would recommend this over other things if you are visiting the island just for a few days.
  • The Bowfins story is such an awesome piece of history. Being able to experience it in such an awesome fashion is really incredible. The staff here do an awesome job of guiding you through the exhibit and everything is very well labeled and explained. They also have several interactive exhibits which was awesome, I’d highly recommend it
  • This is an exceptionally well done tour and museum. The museum was just opened in '21 and provides a wealth of information about the submarine history and operations. Recommend touring the boat first, with the free audio, then visiting the museum. Very good time spent!

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