Original Declaration of Independence Copy Comes to Pearl Harbor
An original copy of the Declaration of Independence is arriving April 19 to the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center. The rare document—just one of 25 in existence—will be on display April 19 – 20, 7 am – 7 pm at the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The exhibit includes a short film, produced at Independence Hall, featuring powerful performances by distinguished Hollywood actors Mel Gibson, Morgan Freeman and many more. Hawaii is the 44th state on the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a multimedia exhibit featuring the designed to inspire Americans of all ages in all corners of the country. In 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, US government officials ordered the original Declaration of Independence to be moved to a vault in Fort Knox. Along with the original US Constitution, the historic artifact remained secured throughout World War II. On July 4, 1776, Philadelphia printer John Dunlap printed a few hundred copies of the Declaration. Two centuries later, only 24 copies were left in existence. That is, until a man discovered the 25th copy inside a painting at a flea market in 1989. The new Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center reopened on December 7, 2010. A limited number of tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 am – 3 pm. Discover Hawaii Tours offers a variety of tour options to Pearl Harbor and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.