Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center is Handicap Accessible
We offer reserved parking for visitors with disabilities at the front of the lot a short distance from the entrance. Within the Visitor’s Center, all restrooms, galleries, drinking fountains, the information desk, the movie theater, and the bookstore are all accessible by wheelchair. Strategically placed benches allow frequent rests for visitors with difficult walking long distances. If you require the use of a wheelchair, please be advised that Pearl Harbor does not have wheelchair for rent or use except in the case of an emergency. There are third party companies available who can rent you a wheelchair prior to your tour.
In the theater, the movie show features captions in English and we offer an induction loop for visitors who require hearing aids. Our signage is in braille for visitors with visual impairments along with tactile models of resources within the center.
Although EMS is available and Pearl Harbor is located close to a major hospital, there are no doctors or nurses on-site at any Pearl Harbor attraction. If you have a need to bring medical equipment with you on your visit to Pearl Harbor, notify the tour staff when going through the security entrance. You will require special permission to bring in a bag of medical equipment or medicine. If you require any additional special needs, please inform your tour guide or a park ranger.
The USS Arizona Memorial Is Handicap Accessible
A ramp from the shuttle allows visitors who require wheelchairs to visit the memorial.
Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park are Handicap Accessible
The museum, park, and on-site restrooms are all accessible for visitors who require wheelchairs. However, the submarine itself is not handicap accessible. Designed for use by the physically fit men and women of the US Navy, the submarine can be difficult for any individual who experiences limited mobility problems. Service animals are allowed in all rooms of the museum and park.
The USS Battleship Missouri Memorial is Handicap Accessible
The only place in Pearl Harbor where you will be able to checkout a wheelchair if you require one is at the Battleship Missouri. The main deck and the surrender deck are wheelchair accessible and there are two elevators to help visitors board the ship. However, some parts of the ship are only accessible via steep ladders. Remember, this Battleship was designed for a young and physically fit crew of sailors. Slider’s Grill and the Victory Store are accessible by wheelchairs, as well as the restrooms.
Pacific Aviation Museum is Handicap Accessible
All hangers in addition to the shop, restaurant, and restroom at the Pacific Aviation Museum are handicap accessible.
How to Book a Handicap Accessible Tour
Before you pay for your tour, add a note at the checkout to inform us if you are bringing special equipment such as a wheelchair or medical supplies. Preferably, wheelchairs will be collapsible, but we appreciate knowing whether or not you are able to step into the chair yourself or whether you require extra assistance. You can also make a note to let us know if you are hearing or visually impaired.
Although Pearl Harbor does not have wheelchairs available to rent, there are many options on the island of Oahu for third party chair rental. We are able to arrange for an ADA vehicle equipped with a lift if you require it.