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The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum
A National Award-Winning Museum.
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Located immediately adjacent to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum is one of the few places in the world where you can learn about and be inspired by the proud past and bright future of the United States Navy’s submarine force.  Make your visit to Pearl Harbor complete by visiting this national award-winning museum.

The museum is home to the World War Two fleet submarine, USS Bowfin (SS 287).   Bowfin was named for an aggressive brackish water predator native to north America.  Launched on December 7, 1942, she was nicknamed the “Pearl Harbor Avenger”.  During nine war patrols, Bowfin lived up to her namesake and her nickname.  Bowfin has been open to the public as a museum ship since 1981.  Over ten million visitors have walked her decks and learned what it was like to serve onboard.

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum reopened in February 2021 following a twenty-million-dollar renovation.  The museum features three galleries.  The World War Two gallery highlights the contributions of the submarine force in winning the war in the Pacific.  The Cold War gallery highlights how two technological advancements – the development of nuclear propulsion and the submarine launched ballistic missile made undeniable contributions toward maintaining peace during a challenging period.  The modern gallery highlights the important contributions that the submarine force continues to make in the defense of our nations – today and into the future.

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum is open every day of the year except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
11 Arizona Memorial Drive
Honolulu, HI