The earliest history museums had little actual history to draw on, and instead padded exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we've come with today's Groupon to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a two-hour aviator’s guided tour and a combat simulator flight for one person (up to a $40 value).
- For $50, you get a one-year family membership (a $100 value).
Called one of the top 10 aviation attractions in America by TripAdvisor, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and its veteran docents guide visitors though two historic World War II hangars and expound upon Pacific aviation history. During a two-hour tour, patrons discover more than 20 historical aircraft and interactive exhibits, including a B-25B Mitchell, an F-14D Tomcat, and an F-86 Sabre. In Lieutenant Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop, workers repair World War II–era aircraft using period tools in a facility rebuilt to wartime authenticity. Guests view historic wartime footage and learn how American aircraft helped to stem the tides of war. Later, patrons strap into a simulated Wildcat or Zero plane fight in a virtual recreation of the Battle of Guadalcanal, one of the most significant Allied victories in the Pacific Theater.
Family memberships grant one year of unlimited museum access to two adults and up to four children, and include four guests passes and free attendance to the museum’s lecture series.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.
Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II–era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits––which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers––through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.