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Museum Overview

Museum Overview:

Explore submarine history inside the 10,000 square foot exhibit hall where over 4,000 submarine artifacts are on display or stored for conservation. The Pacific Submarine Museum was established on Pearl Harbor Submarine Base by the U. S. Navy in 1970.  In 1987 the museum was closed and artifacts transferred to Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association in July 1988. The move allowed visitors to experience the museum located along side USS Bowfin (SS-287).

Bowfin Artifacts:

Bowfin Park features the WWII submarine, USS Bowfin (SS-287).  The Pacific Submarine Museum features a variety of Bowfin artifacts including flags, models and artifacts exploring their 9 successful war patrols.

Guts & Glory of a Missile!

How big is a ballistic missile? Imagine being on a submarine crew with 24 missiles ready to fire. One is on display at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park with all of its electronics, hydraulics and propulsion elements accessible.

Anatomy of a WWII Battle Flag

Hanging from above the WWII section of the museum are reproduction battle flags of U. S. submarines that fought the war in the Pacific.  The original battle flags are kept for conservation.   These flags are individually designed by the crewmen of the different boats, the creativity, style and design of each varies.  The one element common to all of them is the pride of the men who served.


Secrets of the Sub

The Very First Sub Ever

The First Submarine Ever

There were many countries around the world developing submarines in the 17th and 18th century both for wartime use and for commercial purposes. In the United States, we say the Turtle, developed by a Yale University professor, David Bushnell, was our first submarine. Designed to deliver an underwater mine with a timed fuse, it's original purpose was to break the blockade of the British Navy in New York harbor in 1776, during the War of Independence. Almost a hundred later the Confederate States Ship Hunley with a crew of nine men braved the waters of Charleston, South Carolina harbor to attack and sink the Union Ship USS Housitanic. The weapon used was a mine mounted on a spar jutting from the bow of the submarine. Again, the purpose was to break the blockade of a harbor but within 40 years, the United States started the submarine explosion with the Simon Lake, SS-1, in 1900 , designed as a scouting ship for America's emerging battle fleets. In less than 20 years, the first world war would see the island nation of Great Brritain brought to her knees by German commerce raiding submarines and submarines , large and small being developed by many nations.