Best Museums in Hawaii

Hawaii may be one of the smallest states to visit in the United States, but the sheer amount of attractions such as historical sites, botanical gardens and museums is truly amazing!

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If you’re looking for a list of must-see museums in Hawaii, we’ve got you covered! Below, we’ve rounded up a list with ten of the best museums:

Big Island

Hawaii's Big Island boasts a handful of great museums, but two of the best would have to be:

Pacific Tsunami Museum

The Pacific Tsunami Museum is one of the best museums in Hawaii to visit , and a great place where you’ll feel that you’ve learnt something worthwhile!

The Pacific Tsunami Museum boasts lots of interesting information on tsunamis such as photographs from past tsunamis, and how tsunamis are formed. There also interactive areas such as the Tsunami warning simulator and the science center, and you’ll also be able to hear tsunami survivor stories.

Onizuka Visitor Center

Onizuka Visitor Center is located atop Mauna Kea, just on the way to Bradshaw Army Airfield, and it's both a memorial/ museum in honor to Ellison Shoji Onizuka.
Onizuka Center

If you love all things space, you’ll certainly enjoy a visit to the Onizuka Center since it offers cool presentations on stars, and boasts telescopes that you can use to see planets and satellites.

Island of Maui

The island of Maui may not have as many attractions as Oahu, but if you happen to visit here, you wouldn't want to miss a visit to Bailey House:

Bailey House Museum

The Bailey House Museum is located on the island of Maui in Wailuku (not far from Wiluku Civic Center historic district).
Bailey House

The Bailey House Museum maybe the only museum on the island, but it’s definitely one of the best museums in Hawaii because of the shear diversity of artifacts on display such as the statue of Kamapua’a and other pre-Columbian items such as armors and pistols.

Island of Oahu

The island of Oahu is definitely the most popular vacation spots in Hawaii where the best museums, and important historical sites are located, so if you're looking to do sightseeing in one location only, then Oahu is the best place for this!

Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is located on the northern tip of Oahu and it’s undoubtedly one of the top tourist attractions in the US.
Polynesian Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is perhaps one of the best museums in Hawaii where you can truly soak in so much culture in one place! The center boasts regular live demonstrations and exhibits that showcase Polynesian life and traditions.

Hawaii State Art Museum

The Hawaii State Art Museum is, without a doubt, one of the best art museums in the USA hands down!
Hawaii State Art Museum

The Hawaii State art museum boasts lots of local Hawaiian art such as cool wooden sculptures, Hawaiian cotton quilts, paintings and other interesting Hawaiian ornaments.

U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum

The U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum is located just a short walk from the Uss Arizona Ship Memorial, and it’s another enjoyable museum in Oahu that can be missed!.
USS Bowfin Submarine

A visit to the U.S.S. Bowfin museum means getting a chance to explore a real submarine and all its confined areas such as the crew quarters where you'll be able to experience the almost claustrophobic conditions sailors would’ve endured!

Pacific Aviation Museum

The Pacific Aviation Museum is located on Honolulu’s Ford Island, and it’s not only one of the most interactive museums you can visit, but also one of the best museums in Hawaii.

If you’re an aircraft enthusiast, you’ll love spending time here, especially since the museum is actually housed on the island’s former naval air station.
Pacific Aviation Museum

On site, you’ll find the control tower and the aircraft hangars which are home to the museums' war exhibits such as the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam War.

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Battleship Missouri is a museum ship/ memorial located on Ford Island Bridge, and just a short drive from the U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum.
Battleship Missouri

Battleship Missouri is one of the best museums in Hawaii, and the best thing is being able to tour the ship’s top deck to see the ship's anti-aircraft guns.

Uss Arizona Memorial

The Uss Arizona Memorial is located nearby U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum, and it’s without a doubt one of the most moving places to visit in Hawaii.
USS Arizona Ship

The Uss Arizona Memorial serves as a history/ military museum featuring artifacts such as an anchor and a bell belonging to the Uss Arizona battleship.

University of Hawaii Art Gallery

The University of Hawaii Art Gallery is located in the downtown area of Honolulu, and if you love art museums, you’ll love spending time here.

You can see the cool exhibits produced by the students, and the best thing is that admission to the University of Hawaii Art Gallery is free of charge!
Hawaii Art Gallery

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