The best part is that it’s not the kind of museum where you’re supposed to step back and stay quiet. "It’s a touchy-feely museum," Tomlinson says, about the Home of the Brave. "We want our guests to learn and experience as much as they can."
Visitors are encouraged to take photos and explore everything from a WWII jeep to the 1942 Army-issue Harley Davidson motorcycle used in the film Pearl Harbor. They can feel the authentic soldiers’ uniforms on display, and gauge the weight of a 1940s-era US Army helmet for themselves. Or go upstairs and enjoy a cold bottle of Coke in the Wiki Waki Woo Tropical Bar & Lounge.
The Tomlinsons have also created their own brewery at the back of the museum, and first debuted their own hand-crafted beer in the museum’s small second-floor lounge. The original beers, including such styles as the smooth Remember Pearl Harbor Dark Lager and the citrusy Pilot Pale Ale, proved extremely popular, and lead to the museum’s expansion to the building next door and the buildout of a new, dedicated “brewseum.” The museum now captures the spirit of Pacific life in the 1940s, honors the fallen, and helps us remember an important era in history with one of the least intimidating, most hands-on museums around. Cheers to that.