If you’re traveling to Pearl Harbor, don’t expect the USS Arizona Memorial to get component of your itinerary. Because of structural issues, the ship’s memorial will continue to be closed indefinitely while repairs are created. Following a crack was spotted while in the monument’s outside walls, boat transportation towards site was halted on May 6th.
The famous battleship USS Arizona was the first ships bombed over the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Over 900 sailors and marines perished together with the ship. In remembrance on the attack and the crew who died, a memorial was constructed in the sunken ship in 1962 by Honolulu architect Alfred Preis.
It’s estimated that 1.8 million people go to USS Arizona Memorial year after year, but, despite the memorial being repaired, visitors will still have plenty to check out at Pearl Harbor. You will find a free narrated boat tour of Pearl Harbor that passes alongside the sunken ship including a 23-minute documentary film before boarding. The National Park Service releases 1,300 free tickets to the tour daily at 7 AM, within the ticket counter, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Additionally, there are other free museums, much like the Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum, that can be still prepared to take anyone, and are generally certain to keep visitors entertained.
The National Park Service is without timeline with the memorial’s reopening, but updates shall be posted over the monument’s official website.