Located on historic Ford Island, there are areas within the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor that still bear the scars that they were given on December 7th, 1941. It's the location of America's first official aviation battlefield that today is filled with exhibits that highlight the technology of the era, the aircrafts that were used, and features an active aircraft restoration and repair exhibit as well. The attack at this location may have triggered the entry of the United States into World War II, but today, the Pacific Aviation Museum will trigger within you a sense of awe.
The Pacific Aviation Museum Features Many Vintage Aircraft
The main draw of the Pacific Aviation Museum is their two hanger's worth of vintage aircraft that you can see up close. From fast and nimble dive bombers to the classic F-14 Tomcat, there are many aircraft representations that don't just reflect American technology. There are also support and combat helicopters on display at the museum, a Stinson Sentinel that is currently being restored in the restoration exhibit, and over a dozen other aircraft. If you love aircraft, you'll quickly see this is one of the best displays available for public viewing almost anywhere.
Engage the Enemy In a Flight Simulator
Flight Simulator Photo: Pacific Aviation Museum
One of the best ways to experience what life as a pilot was like is to get a first-hand experience in the cockpit of a flight simulator. At the Pacific Aviation Museum, you have the ability to defend the skies above Guadalcanal. It's the perfect way to get an experiential look at what America's service personnel would go through on a daily basis. This really does make a visit to this historic location an eye-opening experience beyond the bullet holes that still pockmark the windows of the facility itself.
Get a First Hand Tour with a Veteran
If you want a truly unique experience, take a behind the scenes tour during your visit at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Called the “Aviator's Tour,” you'll get to hear the stories of the aircraft that are on display from those who actually flew in them or in similar aircraft. You can get up close to the aircraft being restored in Hangar 79 and see this planes being restored using authentic World War II era tools. There are even Japanese tours available for those who wish to take a look at this historic site through a different set of eyes.
Are You Ready To Visit Pearl Harbor?
Photo: Andy Rusch
Though the meaning of Pearl Harbor is slowing fading over time, with museums like the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, it won't ever fade away. There are three levels of admission into the museum:
- a basic general admission to the primary hangar, Hangar 37;
- an advanced level of general admission that also allows access to Hangar 79 as well; and
- the Aviator's Tour.
Admission prices start at $15 and they top out at $30 for the Aviator's Tour. Online tickets are valid at any time and on any day, giving you flexibility in your visiting options. If you're visiting the Pearl Harbor area, make sure to take the time to tour this museum in some way. You'll be glad you did!
Open daily: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Address/Map:||319 Lexington Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96818|
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Adult: $25 | Child (4-12): $15 | Combat Flight Simulators: $10
Adult Hawaii resident & military: $15 | Child Hawaii resident & military: $10