Best Museums on Oahu
Iolani Palace is the historical official residence of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Though many of it’s artifacts were auctioned off after the overthrow of the Monarchy, non-profit The Friends of Iolani Palace have worked years to find, recover and preserve these artifacts and display them in a historically genuine way. As true time capsule into this distant past Iolani Palace has a lot to offer anyone looking to get an authentic glimpse of Hawaiian history during the Monarchy.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial is a great visit for anyone interested in American or world history. With multiple exhibits about “The day that will live in infamy” and tributes to the people lost that day, it’s a must see for anyone visiting Hawaii who is interested in history.
Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, and reflects artistic and architectural collections and designs from these regions. The museum is a program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.
The Honolulu Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Hawaii. The museum has one of the largest collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States, in addition to various travelling art exhibitions. It also hosts regular events like ARTafterDARK if you want to mix a little bit of party with your curiosity of the arts.
HoMA includes a museum, an art school, the HoMA Café and Coffee Bar, and the HoMA Shop.