Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

319 Lexington Boulevard,Historic Ford Island, Honolulu, HI 96818 - United States



Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 8:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm

Like nothing else in Hawaii, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor brings aviation history to life. Located on historic Ford Island in hangars that withstood the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, the Museum tells the stories of aviation in the Pacific and pays tribute to those who defended freedom in the Pacific Region, as well as aviation pioneers like Amelia Earhart, Cornelia Fort, and the WASPs — the Women's Airforce Service Pilots. TripAdvisor® named it one of America’s Top 10 Aviation Attractions.


History comes alive during Living History Day, September 23, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will host its one day event to bring the past to life through activities for guests of all ages. Living History Day 2017 will connect visitors with the rich legacy of our Pearl Harbor site and the stories of aviation in the Pacific and, this year, will recognize the role of film and photography during World War II.

As a highlight we will screen Finding Kukan an award-winning documentary created by Hawaii filmmaker Robin Lung, who will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions. The Museum's curatorial team will provide demonstrations of WWII era photo preservation and colorizing black & white photographs.

Costumed interpreters will participate as notable individuals from that era, including a WWII field photographer. Canon USA, Inc. will be on-site to loan cameras and offer short workshops. Keiki can travel the world with our scavenger hunt that will highlight important 1940s images from around the globe. This event will also highlight items in our collection that don't have a regular display schedule.

Housed in two hangars — one with bullet holes from the morning of the attack — the Museum’s 50 aircraft and many exhibits include iconic aircraft from World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam to the present day. On exhibit are rare aircrafts, such as the Curtiss P-40E Warhawk Flying Tiger, the Ni’ihau Zero, and a Stinson L-5E — the first American aircraft to land on Iwo Jima. Themed exhibits include “Amelia Earhart in Hawaii” photo exhibit, Cornelia Fort and the WASPs, a working 1940s Restoration Shop, and the one and only B-17E Swamp Ghost.

This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone and in person.

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