The Portico Group


Title: A Design Inspired by Nature

Project: Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum & Visitor Center, Honolulu, HI

Firm: The Portico Group

Summary: The Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum & Visitor Center provides access to an important cultural landscape, honoring the heroism and sacrifice rendered in the face of the December 7, 1941 attack. This 17.4-acre, LEED Gold campus tells a complex and emotionally intense story, and allows two million annual visitors to commemorate one of the most significant events of the 20th century. The expanded site replaces the original visitor center, built in 1980. Providing orientation to the location and its history, and guiding visitors to the boats that will carry them out to view the USS Arizona battleship, the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center site creates a campus-like facility, enhancing the areas for visitor gathering, memorial ceremonies, and museum exhibits. This project is one of the most visited National Park Service visitor centers in the United States and is the largest tourist attraction in Hawaii.