Pearl Harbor museums feeling effects of USS Arizona Memorial damage

Pearl Harbor museums feeling effects of USS Arizona Memorial damage

PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 6/4/15]

Although full tours on the USS Arizona Memorial were supposed to resume Thursday, officials said the damaged dock still needs to be re-aligned with the memorial itself. Then, the National Park Service and U.S. Navy need to inspect the work which could take up to 48 hours. It's not clear when tours will be available again.

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The USS Arizona Memorial is the star attraction at Pearl Harbor. But when the landmark's dock was damaged on May 27 by another vessel, tours had to be suspended.

Since then, the Pacific Aviation Museum has seen a significant drop in visitor numbers.

"We usually see seven to eight hundred people a day, we're about half that now," says Ken Dehoff, Executive Director of the museum.

Dehoff wants tourists to know, that the Pacific Aviation Museum, the USS Bowfin and the USS Battleship Missouri are all still open.

"There is a lot to see and to do here," he says, "It's not just one place, it's not just the Arizona Memorial... You can see the hangars where the first bombs dropped. You can see where the treaty was signed at the end of the war, we have so much to share."

Louisiana honeymooners, Corey and Monika Arnold came specifically to Pearl Harbor to see the Arizona Memorial.

"I was a little disappointed for all the things we were going to do here, that was the one thing I wanted to do," says Corey.  They did the modified boat tour and enjoyed visiting the other museums too.

"Wonderful experience," says Monika, "I wouldn't trade it for anything."

The USS Arizona Memorial is the state's biggest landmark and the travel site, TripAdvisor ranked it in the top five in the country in this year's Travelers' Choice awards.

Here's the TripAdvisor Top 5 U.S. Landmarks list:

1) Alcatraz – San Francisco

2) Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco

3) Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool – Washington, D.C.

4) The National September 11 Memorial & Museum – New York City

5) USS Arizona Memorial – Honolulu

Repair work on the dock continues and should be completed by Wednesday, exactly one week after the accident. The National Park Service says tours are expected to resume on Thursday.

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