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USS Arizona Museum at Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona Memorial museum and visitors center will undergo a $33 million renovation and upgrade between December of 2008 and December of 2010. The Arizona Memorial will remain open to visitors during the construction. The 69th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor will be December 7, 2010 and that is the target date for dedicating the new USS Arizona Museum.

USS Bowfin Submarine
Exhibit in the Old USS Arizona Museum
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About the USS Arizona Museum
-The USS Arizona Museum and Visitors Center was built in 1980.

About the New Museum and Visitors Center
The new museum with be about twice the size of the existing 2500 square foot museum. This will make room for more visitors, and for more Pearl Harbor related artifacts, memorabilia, and exhibits. The old USS Arizona Museum will be completely torn down after the new museum is built. Only old theater building will remain standing. A second theater will be constructed that is expected to significantly decrease the waiting time for visitors to view the museum's historic film of the Pearl Harbor Attack.

Why a New Museum and Visitors Center is Necessary
The USS Arizona Memorial Visitors Center and Museum built in 1980 was designed to handle about 2400 visitors a day. The Arizona Memorial is currently receiving about 4100 visitors a day and 1.5 million visitors a year, nearly twice the number it was designed for. Another problem: The 1980 visitor's center was built on land dredged and filled in Pearl Harbor, and over the years that land has been gradually sinking, as much as 30 inches in some places.

See also:
- USS Arizona Memorial
- Planning a Day in Pearl Harbor
- Military Memorials on Oahu
- Military Museums in Hawaii

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