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Legendary WWII museum in Hawaii needs the public’s support to stay open

People take in the experience at the Home of the Brave Museum, a WWII museum that might shutter its windows forever if it can't raise operational costs for 2018. (Website)
January 02, 2018

The Home of the Brave Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii is in danger of closing its doors.

Founded by the Tomlinson family, the Home of the Brave Museum showcases the largest private collection of World War II artifacts and memorabilia in the Pacific.

The museum opened its doors in 1991 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Since it has opened, more than 100,000 veterans have visited the museum that has been considered Honolulu’s best-kept secret.

Along with the museum, the Tomlinson family founded Home of the Brave Brewing Company.

The Tomlinson Family started Home of the Brave Brewing Company to serve America’s Finest while remembering, honoring and saluting the U.S. Military. They brew hand-crafted beer for troops and patriotic Americans. They also have a “Brewseum” on the other side the Home of the Brave Museum.

Home of the Brave Museum (Website)

Now, the museums are in danger of closing forever.

Previously, the museum generated most of its revenue from military base tours. Because of heightened security, the tours had to be canceled. According to founder Glen Tomlinson, the revenue from the brewery alone is not enough to keep the lights on in the museum. Currently, Home of the Brave’s operational expenses are approximately $10,000 a month.

“We’ve received a fantastic outpouring of support from family, friends and local media to keep the Home of the Brave museum alive,” Tomlinson told American Military News.

Tomlinson created a Go Fund Me page to raise money to keep the museum open through 2018. As of Dec. 31 of last year, they have raised $12,159 of the $100,000 goal. The family also held a fundraiser in hopes of getting support from the public.

Home of the Brave Brewing Company (Facebook)

“Our family has worked diligently for the past year to try and save the museum. We are running out of time and are calling for all Patriotic Americans and our allies to unite and fight to preserve the legacy of our Greatest Generation,” Tomlinson wrote on the Go Fund Me page.