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USS Missouri Memorial and Museum

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The USS Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship designed for speed and firepower. She was commissioned in mid-1944 and became part of the Pacific Third Fleet in WWII. The huge guns are a popular part of the Battleship USS Missouri tour.She was part of the forces that carried out bombing raids over Tokyo and the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. During the last month of the war, the “Mighty Mo” served as Admiral Halsey’s flagship for the Pacific Third Fleet and it was on her decks that General Douglas A. MacArthur presided over the formal signing of the Japanese surrender to the Allied Forces on Sept. 2, 1945.

The Battleship USS Missouri went on to participate in the Korean War, firing 1,800-pound shells over 23 miles to defend U.S. land troops. In 1986, she was modernized and refurbished. In 1991 she was deployed to the Persian Gulf where she became part of Operation Desert Storm.

Her final operational mission was on Dec. 7, 1991, when this great battleship led a contingent of ships into Pearl Harbor to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the attack that pushed America into World War II.

Everything about the Battleship USS Missouri is huge – at 887 feet long and 108 feet wide, she is 5 feet longer and 18 feet wider than the Titanic. It took 175 tons of blueprint paper to design the Missouri and over 3 million man-days to build her. There are nine 116-ton guns on board, and each gun barrel is 67 feet long. She can fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles in 50 seconds.

Battleships under attack at Pearl Harbor.Touring the Battleship USS Missouri

General Admission includes a guided tour, which greatly enhances the experience.

Guided Tours are by retired military veterans and volunteers who are eager to share the many “Mighty MO” stories with you. You’ll also hear the unforgettable ‘Surrender Story.’

There are concessions, vending machines and rest-stops on both the pier and the ship… but restrooms are only located on the pier. The ship is moored on Ford Island, so visitors must take the shuttle located near the Bowfin Museum.

Tour the Battleship USS MissouriBattleship USS Missouri Museum Hours

Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ticket window closes at 4:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

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