USS Battleship Missouri
The Ending of World War II

battleship missouri

Located on Pearl Harbor's Ford Island the USS Battleship Missouri is where the peace treaty ending World War II was signed.

I recommend touring the Missouri after the Arizona Memorial because it gives the complete picture of World War II from beginning to end.

Location & Hours

Although the Battleship is located on Pearl Harbor it cannot be accessed from the Arizona Memorial. This is because it requires a short drive (5-10 minutes) via shuttle from the Memorial to Ford Island.

Privately owned vehicles are not allowed to drive there due to security clearance reasons. The only way to access it is through a tour.

It is open daily from 8am-5pm during the summer months of June through August and 8am-4pm the rest of the year. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

 

History

battleship missouri exterior

The "Mighty Mo" fought in the battles of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Korean War and provided fire support for Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. In 1998 it became part of the museum collection at Pearl Harbor.

The Missouri was considered part of the class of fast battleships. There is a dent on the starboard side of the ship where a Japanese kamikaze style plane crashed into it.

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Hallway Inside the Missouri

 

Minor damage was done and the ship continued to fight. Eventually on September 2, 1945 the peace treaty was signed effectively ending World War II.

In case you didn't know the Missouri was used in the movie Battleship released in 2012. While realistically it could not do the things it did in the movie it is a "working" museum and could theoretically be commissioned for use again.

battleship missouri officer room

Sleeping Quarters of a High-Ranking Official

 

 

This is a typical sleeping quarter of a higher ranking official. Sailors had to sleep in bunkbeds and share a large room.

On board is a replica lounge, kitchen and meeting rooms. Walking through the hallways gives an impression of what life must have been like.

Visit for free when you purchase an activity pass such as the Go Oahu card. Learn more here....

 

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