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A visit to the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a 10-minute drive from Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport, adds a historic element to any Hawaii vacation. Now, with the attraction’s new virtual tour offerings, clients interested in touring the former Navy ship can do so from any location at any time.
Available for free from the attraction’s website, the Virtual Tour allows 360-degree, interactive exploration of the nearly 900-foot vessel, both above and below deck. To gauge the massive size of the ship, viewers should remember that the USS Missouri is as tall as a 20-story building from keel to mast and just two inches narrower than the Panama Canal, at 108 feet wide. The Virtual Tour also displays the massive 16-inch guns in the ship’s gun turrets, the largest ever installed on a Navy ship.
The Virtual Tour can be enhanced by the Guide2Go iTunes app, an audio/video tour now available on any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for a one-time $1.99 download charge. The 60- to 90-minute Guide2Go tour, a tour option offered with general admission to the USS Missouri in Hawaii, includes historic footage and crew member interviews. Guide2Go provides additional interviews with historians and other Navy ship survivors, adding insight about World War II.
“As remarkable as our guided tours are, for the superb talent and knowledge of our guides, the reality is people can’t just get up and come to Hawaii whenever they want to see the Missouri,” said the president of the Battleship Missouri Memorial Michael Carr. “The Virtual Tour and Guide2Go offer a solitary, reflective experience that can be quite moving no matter what your previous familiarity with this magnificent battleship is.”