Hours (Free Admission)
Closed on Sunday, Monday and all Federal Holidays.
** The Tropic Lightning Museum will be closed to the public July 4-5, and will reopen July 8 under normal operating hours.
Tropic Lightning Museum Waianae Avenue, Bldg. 361
Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
From Waikiki, take H1 West to H2 North. Follow the interstate Mililani/Wahiawa signs. Pass the exit for Mililani and you will see signs for Schofield Barracks. It will be located on your left as the interstate ends. Turn left at the second light. Pass Foote Gate, located on your right. The second gate on your right will be Lyman Gate.
Enter the post through Lyman Gate. Take Lyman Road straight, then turn right onto Flagler Road. Follow Flagler Road until you come to the traffic circle at Waianae Avenue. Once you have entered the traffic ircle, exit at the last turn-off, take an immediate left into the museum's parking lot.
For up-to-date road closures and detours, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/info/trafficcalendar.htm.
You will need a photo ID for all adults. Have your registration, insurance and safety check documents or rental car agreement for your vehicle ready at the gate to get a visitor pass. Find more information about visitor passes and up-to-date information about accessing the installation, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/des/default.htm.
Planning Your Visit
Due to the size of the museum and limited staff availability, tours can be arranged in advance, but groups wishing to book a tour must have at least 10 people in their party. Although tours are not provided for elementary school groups, a scavenger hunt activity is available for grades 1-5 (See "Children's Activities" below).
As indicated above, a scavenger hunt activity is available for elementary school groups. The activity takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Teachers and/or guardians will monitor the activity and grade the answers once the students are finished. The museum will provide activity sheets and answer keys, but classes are encouraged to bring their own pencils and clipboards.
A children's activity table is also available for visiting families. The table includes books, puzzles and games that encourage children to interact with history.
Activity & Coloring Book
Exceptional Tree Guide
Historical Walking Tour
History of Schofield Barracks
History of the 25th Infantry Division
Timeline of Schofield Barracks
Timeline of the 25th Infantry Division
Tropic Lightning Museum
The museum has a Multi-Purpose Room that can be reserved for private meetings, lectures or other events with the approval of museum staff. The room has PowerPoint, video and DVD capabilities. Tables and chairs are available for use, but they must remain inside the building. According to the fire code, groups cannot exceed 50 people. Also, please be advised that the room can only be reserved during normal business hours and no food or drinks are allowed.
Donations: The Tropic Lightning Museum welcomes original documents, photographs or artifacts pertaining to Schofield Barracks, the 25th Infantry Division or Wheeler Army Airfield. Please note that photocopies, plaques and some other types of memorabilia will not be accepted. Museum staff will decide if the donation fits the needs of the museum and its mission, and whether it will be used for research or display. Monetary donations are also welcome.
Gifts & Memorabilia: The museum does not have a gift shop, and, unfortunately, there is no place to purchase 25th Infantry Division memorabilia on post. Our partner museum, however, the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai’i at Fort DeRussy, does have a store. Feel free to call the museum for directions or additional information at (808) 955-9552. Gifts and memorabilia may also be purchased online from the 25th Infantry Division Association at www.25thida.com/store.html.
Media, Author & Producer Access
Are there any special requirements to visit the museum?
MEDIA: The museum is located on an Army installation, and members of the media must be escorted when visiting Army installations in Hawaii. Contact the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs Office to coordinate escort at (808) 656-3160/ 3158/3159 or via email. Due to the limited number of PAO staff members available, media are asked to request escort support as far in advance as possible.
AUTHORS / PRODUCERS: If you are interested in visiting the museum as part of a film or book project, see the guidelines below regarding obtaining support.
How can I obtain permission to film or photograph at museum?
Email a detailed request to U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs. Depending on the nature of your request, coordination with other offices, such as the U.S. Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs’ Western Region or Northeast Region, may be required. Requests should be emailed a minimum of three working weeks in advance.
I am working on a film or book project and would like to request Army support. Who should I contact?
FILM: The U.S. Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Western Region, located in Los Angeles, is the entertainment industry's direct liaison to the U.S. Army. OCPA-West is your initial entry point to assist with film, television and video game requests relating to the U.S. Army. Once OCPA-West has approved your request, they will assist in connecting you with one of the local U.S. Army-Hawaii Public Affairs Offices for on-the-ground assistance. Call (310) 235-6075.
BOOK: The U.S. Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Northeast, located in New York, is the approval authority for authors requesting Army assistance with book projects. Once OCPA-Northeast has approved your request, they will assist in connecting you with one of the local U.S. Army-Hawaii Public Affairs Offices for on-the-ground assistance. Call (212) 784-0111.