You know of course that the U.S. Navy docked some of its best ships at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked it on December 7, 1941, but did you know that aircraft carriers and other airplanes were also there?
Today the Pacific Aviation Museum takes up what used to be Hangers 37 and 79 and transports visitors back 70 years through the history of aviation in the Pacific. Check out this awesome museum and start planning your tour today.
When you arrive at the Pacific Aviation Museum, the first thing you’ll do is enter Hanger 37 – one of the few hangers not destroyed in the attack – and watch a 12-minute video. The video documents exactly what happened during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and showcases historical footage of the event.
After the movie ends, you’ll head to the next exhibit, which recounts the history of the Hawaiian Islands leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. If this is your first visit to Hawaii, this exhibit will help you understand how the islands changed over the years and eventually became a U.S. territory and a stronghold in the Pacific Ocean.
Throughout the rest of the hanger, you’ll see a number of cool Japanese and American planes that were flown during and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The exhibits tell other stories of World War II and offer comprehensive looks at the many battles fought in the Pacific.
In Hanger 79, the blue glass over the windows still has bullet holes from the Japanese attack. Here you’ll find a number of modern planes, helicopters and other vehicles that have been instrumental to the U.S. military. There’s also an exciting exhibit on the Korean War where visitors can learn more about the aircrafts used by both the U.S. and Soviet militaries.
Plan Your Visit
With over 50 aircrafts at the museum, you won’t want to rush through any exhibit at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Even if you don’t have a full day to dedicate to the museum, you still have great tour opportunities that will help you make the most of your time.
Though some people like to walk through museums on their own time, we highly recommend the self-guided audio tour. These audio tours make visiting the museum more enjoyable, and they let you more through the museum at your own pace. If you have limited time to see only your favorite exhibits, you can easily skip certain parts to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action.
The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and if you book a tour in advance, you can be sure you’ll see all parts of Pearl Harbor and still have time to reflect on the tragic events of that day. Remember, the museum is located on an active military base that is only accessible from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. No bags can be taken into the museum so pack light or leave your belongings at the bag storage facility at Bowfin Submarine Park.
Let history come to life for you and your family. Book a tour of the Pacific Aviation Museum today.