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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum

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Only 15 WWII submarines did not end up as scrap metal or target practice for the military, and lucky for us, one of these few, the Bowfin, now calls Pearl Harbor home.

USS BowfinThe Bowfin was launched on Dec. 7, 1942, exactly a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She sank 44 enemy ships during her nine WWII patrols. Her 80-man crew lived, slept, and fought in the tight quarters of this Balao class submarine.

The Bowfin was constructed in the Portsmouth Navy Yard located in Kittery, Maine. She is nearly 312 feet long and 27 feet wide. She carried 24 torpedoes on board, with 6 bow and 4 stern torpedo tubes. She also originally had one 4 inch 50-caliber MK12 gun and two 20 mms MK 5 guns aboard. She had a maximum surface speed of 20.25 knots and 8.75 knots when she was submerged.

Tour the USS Bowfin submarine and museum close to Arizona Memorial

Beached Submarine in 1941You can take a self-guided tour of the submarine and imagine life in the cramped quarters. The nearby 10,000-square-foot museum’s exhibits include detailed submarine models, a rare Poseidon C-3 missile that has been cut in half so the inner workings are displayed, along with a variety of submarine  artifacts, weapon systems, photographs and memorabilia. Only one Bowfin crew-member died in battle, and his Purple Heart is on display.

The Bowfin starred in the miniseries “War and Remembrance,” and one of the special features of the museum is a 40-seat theater where episodes of another submarine drama are shown every half hour. These stories are based on actual World War II patrol events.

Children under the age of four are not permitted on the submarine for safety reasons, however they are allowed to tour the museum and theater at no charge.
USS Bowfin Torpedo room

Getting to the Bowfin Museum

Located adjacent to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center on the shores of Pearl Harbor.

Convenient, direct transportation is provided every half hour from all major Waikiki hotels by VIP Trans. For information and reservations, call toll free 1-866-836-0317; In Hawaii, Phone (808) 836-0317

Public bus service is available from Waikiki (Kuhio Ave.) – take bus No. 42.

Hours & Tickets

Purchase tickets to the Bowfin Submarine and Museum at the museum box office.

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last tour of the submarine begins at 4:30 p.m., but don’t arrive too late or they won’t sell you a ticket. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Click to book Pearl Harbor Tours.

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