*Note: The Museum’s theatre is housed Hangar 37 and offers visitor orientations and daily viewings of our award-winning documentary “East Wind Rain.” We have paused viewings and temporarily closed the theatre due to COVID-19, but hope to resume screenings in summer or fall of 2021.
Housed in an authentic World War II-era hangar, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s Hangar 37 is home to the artifacts of our collection that tell the story of America’s involvement in World War II from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway and beyond. Visitors first enter a corridor that depicts life in the Islands in the 1940s, pre-war. Upon entering the 25,000 square foot exhibit area, guests are drawn into the moment of the attack with the authentic aircraft that appeared in the skies that fateful day, as well as maps and other artifacts from our collection that add nuance and depth to this captivating story.
Featuring authentic and carefully restored aircraft from both the United States and Japanese forces, the remarkable story of the Niihau Incident, a special Battle of Midway exhibit, a B-25B Mitchell U.S. bomber immortalized in the retelling of the Doolittle Raid in the classic film “Pearl Harbor,” and the Stearman N2S-3 in which former United States President George H.W. Bush completed part of his solo qualifications, Hangar 37 sheds new light on the “day that will live in infamy” and marks the beginning of the story that launched America into World War II, a global conflict that shaped our world today.
In addition to our stunning exhibits, Hangar 37 is home to our Fighter Ace 360 Flight Simulators, two new simulators with 360-degree motion across two axes for a heart thumping dogfight across Pacific waters. Guests also enjoy browsing in our Gift Shop or enjoying a meal at Laniakea Cafe, the only dine-in restaurant at Pearl Harbor, and the only place to enjoy beer or wine during your visit to the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.