Volunteers Welcome at the Battleship Missouri Memorial

When the USS Missouri was in commission, there were 2,500 Sailors maintaining the ship. Today, there are less than 25 maintenance staff working on the ship. We are pleased and grateful that you are interested in volunteering your time and effort in order to help restore and preserve one of the world’s most famous battleships.

Launched in 1944, the “Mighty Mo” provided gunfire support for the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. On September 2, 1945, she served as a stage for the signing of the Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay, bringing WWII to an end. This day in history is remembered as the start of a new era of friendship and cooperation in the Pacific. The USS Missouri also participated in the Korean War and the Persian Gulf war.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is an American icon that stands watch over the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Battleship Missouri welcomes visitors from around the world and is conveniently located less than three miles from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and approximately eleven miles from Waikiki.

By volunteering, you make a difference and help to support the mission to preserve the Battleship Missouri and share her story and place in history.

Types of volunteer work available:

  • Cleaning (this is a great opportunity to see parts of the ship that are not open to the public)
  • Sanding
  • Sweeping up to level 06
  • Touch-up painting
  • Moving items

Minimum age:

  • 13 years old, accompanied by an adult.
  • 16 years old, unaccompanied


  • Covered shoes
  • No shorts
  • No tank tops

Safety glasses and gloves are provided if needed.


  • Bring bottled water
  • Sunscreen

Required forms:


    Volunteers Department: (808) 455-1600 ext 224


      Hours available:

      • Tuesday through Saturday between 9:00 am and end by 2:00 pm*.

      Please allow a minimum of 2 hours of your day as a volunteer (transit time to and from the Battleship Missouri Memorial is not included in minimum hours). Transportation onto Ford Island takes approximately 30 – 40 minutes: a 10-minute shuttle ride plus wait time. Shuttle busses run between the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and Battleship Missouri Memorial approximately every 20 minutes.

      *7-day advance notice to our Volunteer Department is preferred.

      Please note that bags and backpacks are NOT allowed. Mobile phones, small wallets and small clear plastic bags are allowed but subject to inspection.

      We have English and Japanese speaking Volunteer Staff.

      The ship is closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

      On December 7, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center holds the 80th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration; therefore, the visitor center is not open to the public until 11:00 am. The shuttle service to Battleship Missouri Memorial won’t be available until 11:00 am.

      Safe Access Oahu program
      The City and County of Honolulu has enacted its Safe Access Oahu program. Effective September 13, all employees and visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum must show proof of full vaccination or a lab generated negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 48 hours, as well as valid id to enter. Children under 12 years old are exempt.
      For further information, visit, prior to purchasing tickets

      As the state of this public health emergency changes from day to day, we will remain focused on keeping our employees and our visitors safe, healthy, and informed. For more information on how to safely visit the Mighty Mo, click here.

      Don't show this popup again.