Pearl Harbor Tours

Missouri closed for dry dock

The USS Missouri went into dry dock on October 14, 2009 and is expected to be back and open for visitors on January 7, 2010, with a formal grand opening on Jan 29.
$18 million will be spent on maintenance and repairs which should keep the ship functioning for another 20 years.

The project is being paid for by the USS Missouri Memorial Association, with some funds coming from a Department of Defense grant.

Just 3 years ago, a hull rivet rusted through, flooding a tank and popping open a hatch. Two surveys determined that a dry dock was necessary to repair other rusted areas. The ship will also be repainted in gray which makes warships difficult to see.

When the ship reopens for visitors, the admission will change to a flat rate of $20 for adults which includes a guided tour. Previously only 30% of visitors were taking the separately priced guided tour, but their satisfaction level was so much greater that the association decided to include the tour as part of the general admission.

The Missouri was Hawaii’s 12th most visited attraction in 2008 with 389,000 visitors.

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