Famous Museums in Honolulu

The museums in Honolulu give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Honolulu with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Honolulu. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Honolulu.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Honolulu.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Honolulu:

  1. USS Missouri

    4.8 (2087 Votes)
    USS Missouri


    The USS Missouri is the exact place where the World War II formally ended. The Battleship Missouri served the nation during three tough wars- the World War II, the Korean War and the Operation Desert Storm, where three generations of crew proudly worked with this very ship. Today, the ship memorial gives visitors a thorough memoir of its iconic role in the country’s history. Its collecti...Read more
  2. USS Bowfin Submarine Museum And Park

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    The USS Bowfin (SS-287) Submarine was launched on 7th December 1942, exactly a year after the Pearl Harbor attack and was named the ‘Pearl Harbor Avenger’. All through it service time, the USS Bowfin was used in nine war patrols between 1943 and 1945. The submarine covered the South China Sea, Celebes Sea, off the East coast of Japan, and into the Sea of Japan and was an alert and ...Read more
  3. Bishop Museum

    4.6 (3795 Votes)
    Bishop Museum


    The Bishop Museum has a curious collection of all things Hawaii making it quite a popular tourist spot. The various travelling exhibits also make the place an interesting one to visit. The story of Hawaii is told beautifully through the various cultural exhibits. The collection is huge so you can choose to get to know the place through art, craft, photographs, artifacts, interesting things to ...Read more
  4. U. S. Army Museum Of Hawaii

    4.5 (710 Votes)
    U. S. Army Museum Of Hawaii

    Museum, Military Museum, Specialty Museum

    Originally used as a station to defend the city today, the place accommodates the US Army Museum of Hawaii. The museum takes you through the journey of the US military of Hawaii from ancient times to the Gulf War and the War in Iraq. The photographs and sound effects make for an immersive experience. Highlights include Helicopters, tanks, guns, vacant bunkers and other weapons along with remnan...Read more
  5. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    The aviation history of the United States is part of some of the most iconic incidents in the world and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor showcases just that. The museum occupies two hangars (37 and 39) and the Ford Island Control Tower. The visit begins with Hangar 37 that survived the Pearl harbor attack in 1941 and is a 25,000 square foot space where you can see aircrafts like Japanes...Read more
  6. The Honolulu Museum Of Art Spalding House


    The Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House has a permanent installation of David Hockney's L'Enfant et les sortileges, an in-house cafe, a gift shop and gardens that offers a magnificent view of the Diamond Head and Honolulu city. The Spalding house was formerly The Contemporary museum that merged with Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2011 and today is the most popular hangout spot for art lover...Read more
  7. Honolulu's Police Department Museum


    See the evolution of Honolulu’s Police Department over the last 100 years. Did you know that the Honolulu's Police Department was the only Police Department established by Royalty? The memorabilia kept at the museum is quiet cool with a wide collection of badges, tools, photographs, uniforms, vehicles and awards. The place also explains the traditions, practices and historic stories and f...Read more
  8. Shangri La

    4.6 (33 Votes)
    Shangri La


    How about visiting a religious museum while tripping in Honolulu? Yes, Shangri La is such a museum which was established by Doris Duke. It took 2 years to complete the museum which started from 1936 and was completed in 1938. The main aim of this museum is to preserve the culture of Islam and to educate people about them. The museum houses several architectural elements from India, Egypt, Syria...Read more
  9. Washington Place

    4.7 (12 Votes)
    Washington Place

    Museum, Heritage Building

    Built by Queen Liliuokalani’s father in the 1840’s, the Washington Place served as the Hawaii State governor's mansion before getting converted to the present day museum. This place became Queen Liliuokalani’s home after she married John Dominis. She died here in 1917. Do check out the Plaque placed near the sidewalk that bear the words of the popular song ‘Aloha Oe&rsqu...Read more
  10. Lucoral Museum

    4.6 (7 Votes)
    Lucoral Museum


    Natural corals, pearls, gemstones, fossils and all the treasures of the earth take center stage at Lucoral Museum's private collection. The place opened in 1992 and is placed close to the formal jewelry design and manufacturing workshop of the company. Highlights of the collection include egg fossils, Hawaiian pearls, exhibits of coral trees, jade sculptures, gemstones, geodes and crystals. Lea...Read more
  11. Honolulu Museum Of Art

    4.5 (195 Votes)
    Honolulu Museum Of Art

    Art Museum, Museum

    What do Hokusai, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol have in common? Their work shines at the Honolulu Museum of Art quoted as “the finest small museum in the United States”. The museum is placed in two of the most beautiful houses in the city. The place has two cafés, lush green gardens and a theater that shows trending films and concerts. Highlights include: A mas...Read more
  12. Hawaii State Art Museum

    4.5 (65 Votes)
    Hawaii State Art Museum

    Art Museum, Museum

    The Hawaii State Art Museum has three galleries along with an outdoor exhibition space that showcases temporary as well as permanent art selection. The permanent collection consists of 132 art pieces made by 105 artists. The collection dates from the 1960’s and includes the art-work of some of the most popular sculptors, ceramicists and print makers. The place also showcases exclusive Eur...Read more
  13. King's Guard Museum


    Travel back in time when Hawaii was a territory of the US and see some of the most intriguing memorabilia including rifles, uniforms, flags and photos. The 'Changing of the Guards' ceremony held here every evening is the highlight of the place and dates back to when the King’s guards would take the Hawaiian flag down at the end of the day. The uniforms worn during the ceremony are the exa...Read more