Know Before You Go: Restrictions at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

You’re planning a visit to Pearl Harbor. You’re thrilled to finally see an important piece of American history, but you also know that there are certain responsibilities that come with the privilege. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and associated Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are reminders of a time that the US was attacked on its own territory.

These memorials and artifacts are deserving of our respect and awareness, which is why Pearl Harbor has in place a number of visitor restrictions. Whether you’re joining a Pearl Harbor tour or coming on your own, you’ll need to abide by these few, reasonable restrictions.


Pearl Harbor Security Policies

No bags are allowed

The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument serves as a public experience for those wanting to take a trip back to one of America’s darkest days, but don’t forget that surrounding the memorials and exhibits is an active military base. Take heed of any “No Trespassing” signs and be aware of regulations regarding purses, fanny packs, backpacks, diaper bags, luggage, and any other type of bag. Any of these items need to be checked at the bag storage near the Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.

Confused as to what you can bring? If it can be used to conceal items, it is prohibited at Pearl Harbor. We recommend leaving anything not essential for your time here at your hotel.


Pearl Harbor welcomes people of all ages into the museums, memorials, and Visitor Center. With that said, if you are traveling with children, please keep a close eye on them. The displays in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center aren’t meant to be touched and other locations, specifically the USS Arizona Memorial, require quiet and respectful behavior from everyone.

Dress Code

Please dress appropriately

For civilian visitors, there is no official dress code at Pearl Harbor. When you’re dressing for the day, however, keep in mind that you’re in a place of honor and historical importance. Dress comfortably, but not so much that you risk offending anyone visiting Pearl Harbor.

Show respect for the lives lost and the men and women who served by dressing modestly, which means bathing suits and profanity-laced t-shirts are not acceptable. Park Rangers have the right to deny access to anyone dressed inappropriately.

For military personnel visiting Pearl Harbor, regulations regarding military dress are enforced at Pearl Harbor. Battle dress uniforms are not allowed on the USS Arizona Memorial, though they can be worn elsewhere, including at the Visitor Center.


Only ADA-certified service animals are allowed at Pearl Harbor.


14 thoughts on “Know Before You Go: Restrictions at Pearl Harbor

  1. Kelley says:

    Are you allowed to bring a water bottle?

    1. says:

      Aloha Kelley,
      Yes, clear plastic water bottles are allowed.

  2. Barb says:

    Dress Code: Are opened toe shoes allowed when visiting the USS Arizona?

    1. says:

      Aloha Barb,
      There are no restrictions on the type of footwear allowed.

  3. Sarah Myers says:

    Is there a size restriction on “clear” bags?

    1. says:

      Aloha Sarah,
      There are currently no posted size restrictions on clear bags.

  4. Gary says:

    Are diaper bags allowed for 2 year old?

    1. says:

      Aloha Gary,
      No bags that offer concealment of any kind are allowed at Pearl Harbor. There is a bag check located near the entrance to the Visitor Center.

  5. Kristi Kalas says:

    My teens will be visiting for the day with their school group from out of state. Can they carry their belongings in a small clear purse or fanny pack, like the ones approved for stadiums?

    1. says:

      Aloha Kristi!
      Thanks for giving us the opportunity to clarify the situation regarding bags at Pearl Harbor. The rules state that no bags offering “concealment” are allowed, so one made from clear plastic will be fine.

  6. Diann Papp says:

    If you can not bring purses how can you purchase souvenirs or lunch

    1. says:

      Aloha Diann,
      You’re allowed to bring a wallet with ID, cash, and credit/debit cards. That’s all most visitors need for the day. As long as it doesn’t allow concealment, it’s fine.

  7. MArgarita says:

    Can you bring a camera, and an umbrella inside Pearl Harbor?

    1. VisitPearlHarbor. org says:

      Hi Margarita,
      This is a great question. Thanks for asking. Cameras are highly recommended; there is so much to you’ll want to remember from your visit. Keep in mind that while cameras are welcome, camera bags are not. In general, any bag that can offer concealment is prohibited everywhere at Pearl Harbor. There is a bag check available near the entrance to the Visitor Center, but we recommend leaving non-essential items at your hotel. There are no restrictions on umbrellas.

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