The WWII Arizona Memorial located at Pearl harbor on Oahu is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, war memorials in the entire nation. This is a definite “must do and see” if you ever have the chance. The Memorial is dedicated to all those who lost their lives on the battleship Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The memorial is breathtaking, and culminates with a ride out to the area where the sunken ship still sits.
Did You Know?
What many people don’t understand about the Arizona Memorial is that the ship wasn’t simply hit with a bomb and sunk. The bomb that hit the Arizona from a Japanese war place actually breach the ship and went several levels down, before finding its way to forward magazine. The explosion was so violent that it sank the ship in a mere 9 minutes.
What Does the Arizona Memorial Include?
The Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor on Oahu is not just a simple ride out to the Memorial and back. It includes other aspects. Walking into the Memorial area you will be treated to a small museum that is dedicated to providing information and artifacts from the battleship Arizona.
When you get your ticket the process starts off when you are ushered into a movie theater auditorium where you are able to view old footage of the Arizona, as well as footage from the attack aftermath, all while being told the story of the Arizona.
After the movie concludes you are taken on passenger boats out to the Arizona Memorial, which is actually built on top of where the battleship Arizona was sunk in the water. It is quite a site, both breathtaking and emotional. There is an area of the ship that still leaks oils, and it is very visible.
Operating Hours and Price
The Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor consistently ranks among the top three most heavily visited tourist destinations in the State of Hawaii, oftentimes coming in first. There is no charge to go and view the Memorial, but a small fee for parking will be assessed, and of course, you may donate if you like.
Oftentimes the Memorial will garner more than 4,000 visitors per day. While tickets are free, there are a limited number of them available for each tour, so make sure you go straight in and get yours once you arrive.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. Timed programs to the USS Arizona Memorial begin at 8:00 a.m. and run through 1:00 p.m. daily.