Tips for Visiting the Battleship Missouri
July 31, 2015
by Jason Alghussein
When people talk about visiting Pearl Harbor, they usually are referring to the Arizona Memorial. There are many other sights to see at Pearl Harbor. The USS Missouri is second most popular site and one you certainly do not want to miss. How can you make your trip better? Follow our tips for visiting the Battleship Missouri.
- Learn a little about the history of the ship before visiting. This is our advice for anywhere that you plan to tour. The more you know, the more enjoyable it is. For example, did you know that it was on the decks of the Battleship Missouri that the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay ending WWII took place?
- Book a tour. Tours include a guide who will take you to the most interesting parts of the ship. This is important because you can ask questions and the guides can tailor your tour to your interests.
- Read all of the Pearl Harbor Security Policies before your visit. There you'll find current security information, including rules that you cannot drive your rental car to the USS Missouri and that bags of any kind are not allowed. It is important to be aware before going.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat. While the Missouri has plenty of shade, there are areas of the Battleship that are in direct sunlight. You don't want to miss out one those sights because you are unprepared for the powerful Hawaiian sun.
- Look over the port side of the Battleship Missouri to see the dent left by a failed kamikaze. There is now an exhibit at the memorial about kamikazes of WWII. Have a look at that as well.
- Watch movies that featured Missouri. She was the star of the movie Battleship. Perhaps you didn't watch this big-budget film when it came out, but you should now because it has great footage of the Missouri. Another film with good shots of the ship is Under Seige with Steven Segal.
- Outside of the Missouri is the Oklahoma Memorial. This is not one of the most-visited sites at Pearl Harbor, but it is a well-designed memorial to the men who died on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. A visit can be done in 5 minutes after touring the Battleship Missouri.
- Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum. It is only 5 minutes away and has been continually improving since it opened in 2008. It is worth a visit. All of these memorials are included on the following tours:
If you are considering visiting the Battleship Missouri, you have made a great choice. We hope that we can help you make your visit unforgettable.