USS Arizona Memorial

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Top 5 pre-Pearl Harbor facts about the USS Arizona

When Japanese bombs sank the USS Arizona off the coast of Pearl Harbor in 1941, 1,177 of those onboard died. But what else did the US Navy lose? Here's a short history of the battleship's career prior to becoming a tragic icon of the Second World War.

  • It was named in honor of the 48th state

    1. It was named in honor of the 48th state

    Named to honor Arizona's 1912 admission the the US, it was launched in 1915 as one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships.

  • It had a peaceful First World War

    2. It had a peaceful First World War

    The battleship wasn't deployed during World War One. When it finally crossed the Atlantic in 1919, it was to accompany President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference.

  • It had a humanitarian record

    3. It had a humanitarian record

    In 1933 an earthquake struck Long Beach, claiming 120 lives and destroying infrastructure. USS Arizona provided communications, first-aid, food, and shelter to the survivors.

  • It starred in a James Cagney movie

    4. It starred in a James Cagney movie

    Much of 1934's Here Comes the Navy was filmed aboard the USS Arizona. The romantic comedy was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but lost to Frank Capra's It Happened One Night!

  • It was intended to deter the Japanese

    5. It was intended to deter the Japanese

    The tragic irony of the Arizona is how, after decades without a fight, it was tranferred to Pearl Harbor to counter Japan's Pacific ambitions. It was destroyed within weeks.

Planning Your Visit

  • Booking tickets

    Tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial are in high demand. You'll need to book them 2 months or so in advance! Reserved tickets must be picked up an hour prior to the tour time. Unclaimed tickets are reissued to the public, but you'll have to arrive early to stand a chance of getting one!

  • What are the opening times?

    USS Arizona Memorial tours start daily from 7:30AM and run until 3:00PM.

  • What to wear?

    For a memorial, the USS Arizona is suprisingly relaxed in regards to a dress code. Bathing suits and profane t-shirts aren't allowed, but so long as you're wearing footwear, shorts, and a shirt then you'll be fine. If you happen to be in the military though, then you'll need to wear dress-whites or better!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    7:30AM - 3:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    The ticket is free, but there is a $1.50 service charge for reserving online, which is highly recommended!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Yes
  • How to get there
    Best to visit as part of a package tour which will bring you to the Pearl Harbor site in a private van. Otherwise, a city bus can take you there.
  • Additional information
    If you plan to visit during the summer months, best reserve your tickets 6 months in advance!

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What people are saying about USS Arizona Memorial

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 685 reviews

Chelsea was our driver and she did a great job! She sent a really helpful text to help us find the trolley stop and it really made the trip go smoothly. She told our group lots of interesting Hawaiian facts and stories and kept us entertained. She also gave us great instructions at the museum and made it a memorable trip. I was lucky enough to spend the day with my son and we had a terrific time!

Was super easy to book through this application; when you arrive we got to skip ahead of a line to get our audio tour. I would HIGHLY recommend the audio tour as it adds to the experience 10times more!!

This is not the boat ride to the Memorial. It is a narrated walking tour of the area. There are selections for being at the Memorial, but this is a separate booking. Overall it was very informative.

COULD NOT HAVE ASK FOR A BETTER TOUR GUIDE. THE TOUR WAS AS GOOD AS ADVERTIZED. MUCH BETTER THAN SOME I HAVE USED.

The tour was great except I could used a little more time to see the movie and other exhibits at the memorial.