World War II Pearl Harbor Exhibit
The WWII Pearl Harbor Exhibit is dedicated to the infamous day in American history – December 7, 1941 – when the United States was attacked by the Japanese. This large room houses a number of incredible Japanese artifacts. At the center of the room (appearing to be at sea) are large scale models of Japanese ships, actually used in the filming of the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! The 20ft. theatre screen in the background shows continuous authentic film footage of the actual bombing of Pearl Harbor. Also included in this exhibit is the large replica of the deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi, designed and built at the AFHM using the ships original plans acquired from the Japanese.
In addition to these two impressive displays, the WWII Pearl Harbor exhibit boasts seven cases of authentic Japanese memorabilia housing a number of incredible items. A replica of a Japanese lookout post is also part of the Pearl Harbor exhibit. Two Japanese soldiers stand watch from the tower above, while below, visitors are awed at the two chairs on display which once belonged to Admiral Yamamoto, the gentleman who gave the order to bomb Pearl Harbor. Large scale model planes fly over head as part of this detailed exhibit. Even the walls in this sizeable gallery are covered in murals completing the incredible feel of this area. The museum went to great lengths to heighten the experience of the visitors with theses murals and others throughout the museum which enhances the overall authentic effect of the exhibits.