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Top 5 pre-Pearl Harbor facts about the USS Arizona

When Japanese bombs sank the USS Arizona off the coast of Pearl Harbor in 1941, 1,177 of those onboard died. But what else did the US Navy lose? Here's a short history of the battleship's career prior to becoming a tragic icon of the Second World War.

It was named in honor of the 48th state

Named to honor Arizona's 1912 admission the the US, it was launched in 1915 as one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships.

It had a peaceful First World War

The battleship wasn't deployed during World War One. When it finally crossed the Atlantic in 1919, it was to accompany President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference.

It had a humanitarian record

In 1933 an earthquake struck Long Beach, claiming 120 lives and destroying infrastructure. USS Arizona provided communications, first-aid, food, and shelter to the survivors.

It starred in a James Cagney movie

Much of 1934's Here Comes the Navy was filmed aboard the USS Arizona. The romantic comedy was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but lost to Frank Capra's It Happened One Night!

It was intended to deter the Japanese

The tragic irony of the Arizona is how, after decades without a fight, it was tranferred to Pearl Harbor to counter Japan's Pacific ambitions. It was destroyed within weeks.

USS Arizona Memorial: Our Tips

Booking tickets

Tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial are in high demand. You'll need to book them 2 months or so in advance! Reserved tickets must be picked up an hour prior to the tour time. Unclaimed tickets are reissued to the public, but you'll have to arrive early to stand a chance of getting one!

What are the opening times?

USS Arizona Memorial tours start daily from 7:30AM and run until 3:00PM.

What to wear?

For a memorial, the USS Arizona is suprisingly relaxed in regards to a dress code. Bathing suits and profane t-shirts aren't allowed, but so long as you're wearing footwear, shorts, and a shirt then you'll be fine. If you happen to be in the military though, then you'll need to wear dress-whites or better!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    7:30AM - 3:00PM
  • What is the price?
    The ticket is free, but there is a $1.50 service charge for reserving online, which is highly recommended!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Yes
  • How to get there
    Best to visit as part of a package tour which will bring you to the Pearl Harbor site in a private van. Otherwise, a city bus can take you there.
  • Additional tips
    If you plan to visit during the summer months, best reserve your tickets 6 months in advance!

What People Are Saying About USS Arizona Memorial

The Heroes Tour was an amazing history lesson

Taking the Heroes tour provides a full prospective of Pacific theater of WWII. Learning about the role the USS Missouri played in the war was fascinating. This tour had excellent guides. Participants will learn a lot of history not found in any history book. The US Arizona memorial is a somber experience.

Oahu: Pearl Harbor Heroes Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Dawson, 09/21/2016

Fantastic tour with a great tour and knowledgeable tour guide

We went on the the full day Pearl Harbor and Oahu day tour and had a wonderful time. It was simply amazing to see and experience everything that went on in Pearl Harbor first hand. A remarkable experience which we will never forget. Our tour guide Lolita was simply amazing! So knowledgeable about Hawaii's history and its attractions. Definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor and Oahu Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/12/2016

Excellent. Documentary was sad to watch and visit on Arizona was tops

I would do the tour again with my children, family and friends when next in Hawaii

Great tour, pity about the booking service

The tour was excellent. Our tour guide Ben was worth his weight in gold. Pity about Getyourguides help service. After making an error in the date, I contacted them twice-no reply except for rubbish about our tour which hadn't been changed. Finally I got hold of the tour company who put the things right. Polyad, 10 out of 10. Ken and Di, New Zealand

Full-Day Pearl Harbor History and Oahu Circle Tour Reviewed by Ken and Dianne, 05/24/2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area.

We had a great tour with a local guide who knew so much about the area. In addition to the history, we heard many stories about famous people that grew up in the area. We also learned about rich Hawaiian history and culture. Pearl Harbor was a humbling experience and while writing this review on 9-11 we are reminded of all the sacrifices made by so many to ensure our freedom. Thank you!

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