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Battleship Missouri Welcomes New Summer 2020 Exhibit: Of Silhouettes and Ash: The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (August 13, 2020) – This summer the Battleship Missouri Memorial welcomes aboard a brand-new traveling exhibit in partnership with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Here in Hawaii for the first time since its creation in 1995, the “Of Silhouettes and Ash: The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” exhibit showcases artifacts from the atomic bombings of August 1945.

“From newborns to grandmothers, more than 200,000 precious lives were taken from Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the end of that year,” said Takuo Takigawa, Director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. “Through these exhibits, it is our hope you will encounter the reality of the terrible damage wrought by nuclear weapons. We hope that you will be inspired to work with us toward genuine, lasting peace in a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

Exploring the devastating impacts of the historic bombings, the new exhibit features unique artifacts collected by both the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial. One of the many special artifacts on display includes an original origami crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the Hiroshima bombing on August 6, 1945.

“As we head into the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II commemoration events, this special exhibit really gives visitors a sense of the strong ties and partnership between Japan and the United States,” said Mike Carr, President and CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. “The Mighty Mo was seen and used as an instrument of war but in its current capacity serves as an alter of peace and hope for the past, present and future.”

This exhibit is here only for a limited time and will run now through November 30, 2020.

About the Battleship Missouri Memorial

Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.

Safety is our top priority. The Battleship Missouri Memorial is taking additional steps to assure guests will have a safe and healthy experience touring the Mighty Mo. We respectfully ask all visitors to abide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety guidelines while on site. 

The Battleship Missouri Memorial has modified its hours of operation, Wednesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $29.99 per adult and $13.99 per child (4-12). Military, kama‘āina (local resident) and school group pricing is $23.99 per adult and $11.99 per child (4-12). For information or reservations, call (808) 455-1600 or visit

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Caption: Kahu Kordell Kekoa conducting a blessing at the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s newest exhibit Of Silhouettes & Ash – The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with Mike Carr, President and CEO.

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Caption: Untying of the maile lei and a private blessing at the opening of the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s summer 2020 exhibit: Of Silhouettes & Ash – The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Caption: (Left to right) Mike Carr, President and CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial; Meghan Rathbun, Curator of the Battleship Missouri Memorial; and Kahu Kordell Kekoa.

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