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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider tips

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!

What people are saying about USS Arizona Memorial

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 1,391 reviews

Nice overview of Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial

Our driver from Royal Hawaiian Limos arrived right on time. We were his first pickup. After visiting a few hotels and the airport to pickup additional guests, we headed out to Pearl Harbor. The van was nice and the air conditioning was appreciated. After arriving at the National Monument, Jake briefed us on meeting times and places. We then all entered the Park together. Some of the guests (us included) had our tour headsets included and Jake gave out the vouchers for these. We then had a little over an hour to visit two museums on our own before meeting at the theater to view a movie about the attack. We then boarded the Navy ship which took us around the harbor and the memorial. The Arizona memorial was still under repair so we could not go onto the memorial. There was a sign saying it should be open again in May, 2019. We had 50 minutes afterward to explore. The included city tour on the way back to town was very good. Overall, a great tour!

Just do it! A day trip from anywhere is worth the time spent here!

How quickly we forget but what an incredible reminder of how fragile peace can be and how easily freedom would be lost without a willingness to fight for it and to the death if need be. This memorial is so very well done and maintained. Boarding the memorial is off limits for the time being but soon... The half-day excursion is great and effective but a full day would not seem long enough either. It is a memorial and will strike the chords of every emotion within but is not just sadness. Hopes are high! Beautifully done.

Very satisfied - pickup on time - very friendly driver

Was very pleased - only problem we had was the van that we had had a very high step to get into it and we had three people that had a very hard time getting in. If he would have had a small step stool it would have been perfect. Took us on a city tour and slowed or stopped when we wanted to take pictures and was very informative. Would definitely book again with your company.

Excellent! Worth seeing and informative.

It was an excellent trip and our tour guide Eddie was fantastic. He was very informative and gave us sufficient time on the tour so we didn’t have to rush around. I would have preferred though to halt at the USS Arizona Memorial just to reflect and mourn the loss of lives on that day in history. On the whole a must do event!

A must on your to do list when you visit Hawaii.

Very educational. Learned a lot about the world at the time. The point of view of both sides. The hardships the survivors endured. How war was waged and how it changed. Air craft carriers became the new big gun. Staff was very well informed and professional. Everything was ran efficient and on time.

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