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Pacific Aviation Museum Honolulu

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Pacific Aviation Museum
319 Lexington Boulevard
Ford Island
Honolulu
HI
96818
Tel: (808) 441-1000

Directions

Located on Ford Island, you can access this from a shuttle from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, departing every 15 minutes.

Where are we going today?

Are we ready Captain? We think so - and take off! For those kids and families who love all things planes, history and aviation, this place is certainly for you!

The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is set in two hangars at the Ford Island Control Tower (which still have scars as the country's first aviation battlefield - pretty incredible!) and is FILLED with amazing and fascinating artifacts and yes, REAL planes which kids can get right up close to.

You can take a journey with some amazing veteran docents through the two hangars - 37 and 79. Does the date Dec 7, 1941 ring any bells? That's right! That infamous attack on Pearl Harbor which formed a huge part of American history, actually happened here, and Hangar 79 still shows signed of that day.

Your experience at the Pacific Aviation Museum will begin in Hangar 37, which is a whopping 42,000 square foot former seaplane hangar which actually survived that Pearl Harbor attack. When you arrive, you will enjoy a 12 minute movie on the history, just so you can really picture what would have happened there all those years ago. 

Then, you move through the exhibit area filled with some incredible carriers, including an authentic Japanese Zero, a light civilian plane that was shot down, and even a P-40 fighters.

There is so much history at this museum! As you look at the bullet holes in Hangar 79, you will then walk through and get to experience a life-sized diorama that depicts "MiG Alley, and some aircraft used in the Korean War.

Love history? Love aviation? What a treat this family day out will be for you! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$25 (Tour is $30)
  • Children$12 (Tour is $20) - Ages 4 - 12
  • Free Under: 4 years old
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

8am - 5pm daily

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Christmas Day, New Years Day

Teachers corner

It's an amazing place for kids to discover history first hand! Field trips are perfect for school age students, and there is a lunch space, Flight Lab experience and hands on activities. .

I'm Hungry!

Dine in your very own WWII themed cafe! There are gourmet burgers, sandwiches, fries and daily specials, including BBQ ribs! Yum yum! Open daily for breakfast and lunch too!.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe serves salads and fish, so you can eat healthy if you like! .

Any Top Tips?

Bags aren't allowed on Ford Island for security reasons, so leave your bag at the storage facility for $3. per bag. .

Doing our bit

The museum is dedicated to the defence of the freedom in the Pacific, and ensures that they tell the right stories of those who fought, and preserve the artifacts that they are blessed to have in their company. .

Need a little extra help?

If you do have a mobility disability, just give them a call before you book to see the access you will have .

Can I get one of those?

Saved your pennies? Then head to the gift shop! You can find a range of aviation themed goods there. .

More information

Why not take the tour and hear more of the stories of those who were involved with these aircraft? The Aviation Tour is a great behind the scenes experience. .

What people are saying?

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    Love this Museum. The 2nd Hangar (79) is the best part for me. It feels a little like going back in time because the structure is pretty much straight out of WWII. Plus, you can walk right up to the jets and helicopters (more added all the time). They also do cool special events like an air show of RC aircraft and "Open Cockpit" days where you can climb into some of the cockpits.

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    DO NOT have a party at this place!!! The museum is actually a cool place on the inside, which is too bad because the customer service there is absolutely HORRIBLE!!! We just had our son's 1st birthday at the museum and it was a nightmare for my husband and I. They were unorganized, unhelpful, our magician and photo ppl could not get access onto base, the coordinator we were left with for the night was new and locked herself in the office crying because she could not get help, my husband had to leave the party after it started in order to drive...Read More

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    Excellent experience!
    I recommend this as well as the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri!
    If you take all three from the morning on then you should get your whole trip in one day with plenty to see! Great memories and wonderful pictures!

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    Great place. They have some interesting planes. Go there & check it out!

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    Randy was our guide - he was extremely informal!

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by Lisa Yamamoto

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DO NOT have a party at this place!!! The museum is actually a cool place on the inside, which is too bad because the customer service there is absolutely HORRIBLE!!! We just had our son's 1st birthday at the museum and it was a nightmare for my husband and I. They were unorganized, unhelpful, our magician and photo ppl could not get access onto base, the coordinator we were left with for the night was new and locked herself in the office crying because she could not get help, my husband had to leave the party after it started in order to drive out to another base to get our vendors access to the party, the staff did not know how to work av system, they cut the mic on our food blessing, they claimed our slide show did not work and if we could go home to get another copy after the party started, it was a nightmare for us!! We couldn't even properly greet our guests because we were running around trying to coordinate what should've been taken care of! The worst of it all is though, is that when we brought all of this to the attention of the manager and director, they were both so unprofessional, rude and actually accused us of complaining just because we wanted money back! I couldn't believe the treatment they gave us! They made all these excuses up for our problems, saying 1st it was the military's fault for not granting access on base to our vendors, then it was the vendors fault for not being able to get in, then when asked about a back up plan for handling base access they said 1 of them normally leaves to sponsor them in but they never offer us that. When I brought that up to them they said it was our fault, accusing us of "offering to leave to sponsor our vendors in" so it was our problem. They said our slide show was not formatted correctly, which is bogus because I recorded it myself and played it on 3 separate dvd players, which all worked fine! But all-in-all, the worse was just the treatment we received after bringing to the attention of the manager and director. I actually hung up on the director because he was yelling and accusatory! NO paying customer should have to deal with such awful treatment. I just cannot believe how rude, accusatory and unprofessional they were! I have never had a worse experience with a place EVER! This one is definitely an experience I would never wish on anyone! It's hard to believe such poor treatment and having to pay for a service from any business. A.W.F.U.L.!!!!!

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