USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is an old submarine from the mid-20th century that has been decommissioned and transformed into a fascinating museum. Not only can you learn about the history of the Bowfin, but you'll also find insight into the entire US submarine force.

Everyone can enjoy this museum, so don't hesitate to bring the family along. It's accessible with exhibits that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Most visitors tend to spend about 1 or 2 hours exploring the museum and park, but you're welcome to stay longer to take in the picturesque surroundings.

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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park highlights

Before you step inside the submarine at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, you'll find several outdoor exhibits. The Waterfront Memorial is particularly intriguing, as it features 2 semi-circles of stones numbering 52 in total dedicated to the submarines and crews lost during World War II. Each stone has a list of the crew and details of their epic struggle.

While the submarine itself offers valuable insight into wartime operations, you'll find an accompanying museum building as well. Inside, you can see an array of battle flags preserved along with a deactivated Poseidon missile. The missile also features a cutaway allowing you to see its interior workings.

Good to know when visiting USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Before you visit USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, there are a few things to keep in mind. You'll find several different types of tours available. The most affordable option is the general submarine and museum tour, but you can also opt for the VIP Captain's Tour, which is guided by a former submarine commander.

This museum is part of the larger Pearl Harbour area, so you'll find yourself a few miles to the northwest of Honolulu's city centre area. While you're in the area, you may also want to stop by Aloha Stadium or the Salt Lake District Park for more fun outside of the city.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Location: 11 Arizona Memorial Dr, Honolulu, HI 96818, USA

Open: Daily from 8 am to 4 pm

Phone: +1 808-423-1341