Starting Friday, October 4, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will begin offering special tour access in response to the federal government shutdown and subsequent closure of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, including a free interpretative tour experience from its pier of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
â€œWe want to ensure continued access for our guests to see the Mighty Mo, while also supporting the expectations of visitors who came here to see the USS Arizona Memorial,â€ said Michael A. Carr, President and COO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. â€œOur pier offers the best possible vantage point from land and our tour guides will provide a very informative presentation about the USS Arizona Memorial and its place in our nationâ€™s history.â€
Battleship Missouri Memorial Tour Accommodations
With the parking lots and ticket booths for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument closed during the government shutdown, the Missouri is offering complimentary shuttle service near the Arizona Visitor Center providing round-trip transportation to the Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Limited parking is available and bags are not permitted.
Special USS Arizona Memorial Tour Experience
While the government shutdown is underway and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is closed, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will offer visitors a unique complimentary pierside interpretation of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and sinking of the USS Arizona.
The Missouriâ€™s 1,000-foot pier extends to just a few hundred feet away from the USS Arizona Memorial and presents a memorable view of the historic monument. Visitors will receive a complimentary presentation from tour guides of the Battleship Missouri Memorial about the USS Arizona and the attack on Pearl Harbor, and will have the opportunity to take photos.
Purchasing tickets to the Battleship Missouri Memorial is not required for the special USS Arizona tour. In addition, visitors will have access to the Missouriâ€™s gift shop and food facilities located on the pier.
About the Battleship Missouri Memorial
The Battleship Missouri Memorial will continue to operate as normal and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $22 per adult and $11 per child (4-12). Military, kamaâ€˜aina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-4896 or visit USSMissouri.org.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial, located a mere shipâ€™s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the â€œday of infamyâ€ and the sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor and ends with Imperial Japanâ€™s surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Following an astounding career that spans five decades and three wars, from World War II to the Korean conflict to the Liberation of Kuwait, the â€œMighty Moâ€ was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which operates the battleship as a historic attraction and memorial.
The Association oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants and the generosity of donors.