Ways To Donate
Your Donation Makes a Difference
Located on Ford Island, in the heart of Pearl Harbor, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum stewards the buildings, artifacts and stories of this WWII American Battlefield. Museum grounds incorporate two authentic WWII hangars and the iconic Ford Island Control Tower that weathered the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Together, the buildings, with the exhibits and aircraft displayed inside, share a story of national resilience, patriotism, and honor.
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1999, to establish an aviation museum on Ford Island, a designated National Historic Site. The Navy identified three structures that survived the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor for this purpose; two hangars; and the iconic Ford Island Control Tower. Authorization to incorporate additional structures is pending. Opened in 2006, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum stands as a reminder of the “date which will live in infamy.”
Following a major, national fundraising campaign, the restoration of the initial structure, Hangar 37, was completed, and exhibits installed, as part of the opening on December 7, 2006. Since that time, museum visitation has grown from 96,000 to over 250,000 annually, welcoming guests from around the world. Over 40 aircraft have been acquired that, combined with the personal stories of the men and women who served our country, provide a better understanding of our nation’s commitment to freedom and peace. Understanding history, the events and their impact, promote reverence and a deeper commitment to all involved to seek alternate solutions to conflict.
How Can You Help?
Each year, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum reaches out to seek support in three areas to ensure that this treasured history is not forgotten. Your support will help us in the following ways:
General Support – Exhibit stewardship, restoration and curatorial support, and special programs that share inspirational stories with all who visit.
Mighty SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber Support – Please join Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s efforts to transport a rare Navy/Douglas SBD Dauntless to Pearl Harbor, where she will serve as a centerpiece of the 75th Commemoration of the end of World War II in 2020.
George H.W. Bush Exhibit Support – Restoration of the TBM Avenger, the type of aircraft President George H.W. Bush flew in combat, and review of historical publications, photos and videos that capture the events surrounding his military service to design and build an exhibit honoring his legacy.
Education Support – Youth initiatives that use aviation concepts to advance student interest, competency and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields; and effectively build the core values of leadership and citizenship.
Planned Giving and Scholarship Support – Contributions to our endowment, in perpetuity, help sustain our core programs. Bequests, and other Planned Giving tools, are available to ensure your donor goals are met. Whether establishing a named fund to support a specific project or scholarship, or contributing to the overall endowment effort to sustain a healthy museum future, we can work with you to achieve your philanthropic goals.
Capital Campaign – On-going and major capital investment to restore and effectively steward historic structures and artifacts that share the history of December 7th, 1941 and beyond, ensuring lessons of the past continue to provide the foundation for our future. Learn more here.