Missouri Memorial offering free pier view of USS Arizona

Missouri also offering a free talk tour of USS Arizona

 UPDATED 8:47 AM HST Oct 03, 2013
USS Arizona Memorial
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -

The federal government shutdown has led to the closure of national parks including the USS Arizona Memorial.

But starting Friday, the Battleship Missouri Memorial is offering pier side access to the USS Arizona Memorial.  This will include a free talking tour of the Pearl Harbor attack.

"We want to ensure continued access for our guests to see the Mighty Mo, while also supporting the expectations of visitors who came here to see the USS Arizona Memorial," said Michael A. Carr, President and COO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. "Our pier offers the best possible vantage point from land and our tour guides will provide a very informative presentation about the USS Arizona Memorial and its place in our nation’s history."

You do not need to purchase a ticket for the special USS Arizona tour.  Also, the Battleship Missouri Memorial is offering a free shuttle from the Visitor Center to the memorial.

PHOTOS: Confusion at the USS Arizona Memorial
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Closed gates and signs are not what Hawaii visitors expected Tuesday at the USS Arizona Memorial.

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Click here to see photos of the first day the USS Arizona Memorial was closed to the public due to the shutdown.

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