Published on July 26th, 2014 | by Art News
Visiting Pearl Harbor? Don’t Miss the USS Missouri!
Pearl Harbor tours are fascinating and education trips for adults and kids, and no Pearl Harbor tour is complete without a visit to the USS Missouri.
The USS Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States. Even though the ship fought in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, there has never been a combat death on the decks of the USS Missouri. Later, the Missouri would go on to fight in the Korean War, maintaining its bulletproof reputation, and also provided fire support for Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Perhaps the Missouri’s most significant historical moment, however, was when the Japanese surrendered to the United States on its decks in 1945. One optional USS Missouri tour allows you to follow the footsteps of General Douglas MacArthur and the Japanese delegation and stand in the exact spot where World War II ended. After the tour, you’re encouraged to explore the rest of the ship at your own pace.
The battleship was decommissioned in 1992 and donated to the Pearl Harbor Museum in 1998. Guided tours are optional with most tickets. USS Missouri tours take you onto the decks and into the heart of the ship, allowing you to learn about its rich history while exploring the large battleship.
Ticketing for USS Missouri Tours can be found at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and the ship itself is located on Ford Island within the Naval Station. Due to security restrictions, visitors can only reach the battleship by shuttle, but there’s plenty of parking for private vehicles at the visitor center.
There are many different types of package tours for visitors to Oahu, but make sure the Pearl Harbor Tour you select includes a USS Missouri tour.