The Battleship Missouri Memorial is located on Ford Island within the Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Shuttle by boat is available to guests from the visitor center, as private vehicles are not allowed on the island without an appropriate Navy base pass. At this site, visitors learn about the history of the USS Missouri and its role in the surrender that finally ended World War II.
Admission tickets are known as “Mighty Mo Passes” and cost $25 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 to 12. Military, local resident, school group, and non-profit group rates are also available. The price of admission also includes one of three optional tours: the Mighty Mo Tour, the Acoustiguide Tour, or the Guide2Go iPod Tour. The Mighty Mo Tour is led by a knowledgeable tour guide and allows visitors to experience the final mission of the USS Missouri from the perspective of General Douglas MacArthur. The tour lasts about 35 minutes. The Acoustiguide Tour provides visitors with audio phones to lead them through the ship. This tour is available in English, Japanese and Korean and lasts anywhere from 45 to 120 minutes. The Guide2Go iPod Tour provides visitors with historic footage and crew interviews on an Apple iPod “touch” unit complete with headset. With this tour, visitors have 3 separate routes to follow at their own pace: the Main Deck tour, the Below Decks tour, and the Above Decks tour. The Main Deck tour highlights the most famous aspects of the ship. The Below Decks tour highlights “Life at Sea” and covers where the crew ate, slept and spent their free time. The Above Decks tour highlights the control and command of the ship, including the bridge, the flying bridge, and the Captain's battle station cabin.
Sailors standby to perform a rifle volley Photo: usnavy
The Heart of the Missouri Tour is the newest tour available to visitors but costs an additional $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 10 to 12. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed on this tour because it utilizes steep narrow staircases, 2-foot high obstacles, tight doorways, and low overheads. Because of the physically strenuous activity of this tour, it is also not recommended for people with mobility issues. Closed toe shoes are required. In spite of the additional cost, the Heart of the Missouri is the most requested tour because it allows visitors to see the mechanics of the ship.
Bags are not allowed at this site. All baggage must be kept at the storage facility, which is located to the right when visitors first enter the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The cost to use the facility is $3 per bag. Bathing suits and profane T-shirts are not to be worn at the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Refreshments may be purchased at Sliders Grill, which sells hot dogs and other popular food. Dippin' Dots are also available for purchase.
Sailors stand at USS Nimitz passing USS Missouri Photo: usnavy
Accessibility to this battleship includes 2 elevators. Additionally, the site provides handicap restrooms, chairs and benches, and a sign language translator (with advanced notice). Only certain areas such as the Main Deck and the Surrender Deck are wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome but may have trouble negotiating the steep stairs.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8AM to 4PM and remains open until 5PM during the summer months. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Visit this historical attraction during your next trip to Pearl Harbor to learn more about life on a World War II battleship!