Museums on Oahu

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The Island of Oahu is rich in history. Learn about the many cultures by visiting many museum around the Island.

Hawaii Plantation Village: 
You will experience an overview of plantation buildings that could be found on many sugar plantations throughout Hawaii in the early 1900’s.  Guided tours through the Village are conducted at the start of each hour.

  • Hours of Operation:  Monday – Saturday 9am to 2pm.
  • Location: 94-695 Waipahu St.                                  
  • Phone: 677-0110       

Pacific Aviation Museum:
The journey back in history begins at Pearl Harbor Naval Air Station on historic Ford Island in the hangars that survived the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941.  Our military veteran docents take you on a visual, verbal and often moving tour of vintage aircraft and displays as they share intriguing stories of WWII battles and aviation history.  Educational videos and our stirring film feature actual footage of the attack are narrated by Pearl Harbor survivors.

  • The USS Arizona Memorial Ticket Office Hours  8am to 4pm
  • Hours: Pacific Aviation Museum Hours 9am to 5pm
  • Location: 319 Lexington Blvd, Honolulu          
  •  Phone: 808) 441-1000
  • Admission:  AD $20, CH $10
  • Aviator’s Tour  $10
  • Simulator Flight $10
  • Military rates are available

USS Missouri:
Take a special tour of the Battleship Missouri.  You’ll get a taste of shipboard living as you view the way our men lived.  With some areas still preserved in their active-service state, the battleship provides an accurate account of how these brave men spent countless days and months at sea. **NO bags may enter Pearl Harbor Area

  • Location: 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
  • Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm

LTS Price: 
General Admission:  Adult - $17.00, Child (4-12) - $9.00
Upgrade USS Battle Tour     
Adult - $25.00, **Child (10-12 yrs) - $12.00
**Note: Children under the age of 10 are not allowed**
2day Pass to Pearl Harbor
Adult - $55.00;           Child - (4-12 yrs) - $30.00
Bishop Museum:
Bishop Museum is one of the top visitor attractions in Hawai’i, housing the world’s most unique Native Hawaiian treasures and cultural collections.  Experience and explore the great wonders the Museum has to offer – from fragile artifacts of old Hawai’i to the latest in science and technology.  Visit Shop Pacifica for one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and try delicious local-style food at Café Pae’aina.

  • Open: 9am-5pm Daily, Closed Tuesday
  • Location:  1525 Bernice St.                          
  • Phone: 847-3511

LTS Price: 
General Admission:  Adult - $10.95, Junior (4-12) - $8.95, Senior (65+) - $8.95
(General admission prices include exhibits and planetarium.)
Iolani Palace:
Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalākaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, walked its celebrated halls.

  • Phone: 808-522-0822
  • Location: Corner of King St. and Richard St.
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 9am to 4pm
  • Ticket window closes at 4pm ***strongly suggested to make reservations for tours in advance***
  • Admission
    • Guided Tour :                             AD $21.75   CH $6
    • Self Led/Audio:                          AD $14.75  CH $6
    • Basement Gallery Exhibit          AD $7  CH $3
    • ***do offer military discounters

Hawaii Arts Alliance:
Hawai'i Alliance for Arts Education, founded in 1980, is the only statewide private non-profit for the arts that belongs to the national Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, a major program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. We represent 105 organizations and 300 individuals, a combined statewide membership of over 35,000. We are recognized both locally and nationally for our achievements. Hawai‘i Arts Alliance is a statewide private non-profit that champions all arts and is a member of the national Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN). Our mission embraces education, community and advocacy. Check out our website to see our next visitor or exhibit.

  • Located: 1040 Richards St. Suit 301 Honolulu HI 96813
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Phone: 808-533-2787

Hawaii State Art Musuem:
The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) is dedicated to presenting the largest and finest collection of work by Hawai‘i artists. The museum honors and inspires artistic excellence and promotes education and cultural enrichment. HiSAM marks a milestone for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) and the fulfillment of a 35-year dream for a principal venue where the public can view a large selection from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection.
The Art of Hawai‘i, includes 360 works by 284 artists that celebrate a rich artistic and cultural legacy. In a wide variety of materials, styles, and techniques, the exhibition illustrates the varied influences that fuel the creativity of Hawai‘i artists. Predominately comprised of works dating from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition showcases artists and their contributions toward understanding the people of Hawai‘i and their aspirations

  • Located: 250 South Hotel street, 2nd floor Honolulu
  • Admission : FREE
  • Hours: Tuesday and Saturday 10 am to 4pm
  • Phone: 808-586-0304

Queen Emma Summer Palace:
The Queen Emma Summer Palace offers a unique opportunity to visit a 19th-century New England home less than 10 minutes outside of Honolulu in the lush Nuuanu Valley. Built in Boston in 1848, the palace was shipped to Hawaii via Cape Horn to serve as the summer home for Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. Queen Emma, born in 1836, symbolized the islands’ cosmopolitan culture. She was descended both from Hawaiian chieftains and from John Young, an Englishman who became the friend and advisor of the great Kamehameha I.

  • Located: 2913 Pali Highway Honolulu
  • Hours: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: AD $6, Seniors $4, Youth (17-6) $1, children 5 and under free
  • 808-595-3167

Contemporary Museum/Spalding House:
Spalding House was formerly The Contemporary Museum, and in July 2011, it gifted its collection and assets to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, merging the two museums. Now a single admission gets you into both remarkable places—collectively known as the Honolulu Museum of Art—where you can be transformed

  • Location: 2411 Makiki Heights Dr
  • Phone: 808-526-1322
  • Hours of Operation: 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm to 4pm Sundays

Lucoral Museum:
If you have a desire to learn about the natural treasures of the sea, then this establishment in Waikiki is the place to visit. There are fascinating exhibits on how coral and pearls transform into beautiful jewelry and works of art. Other exhibits showcase endangered plants and birds of the islands, and there's a wonderful area devoted to Hawaii's volcanic past. There is a for-sale area where you can pick up local arts and crafts made from the natural materials of the Hawaiian Islands.

  • Location: 2414 Kuhio Ave.
  • Phone: 808-922-1999
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5:30pm                          

Honolulu Academy of Arts:
The impressive holdings of Hawaii's fine arts museum include one of the nation's finest collections of Asian art as well as a 17,000-piece collection of graphic arts and artifacts from Hawaiian and other ancient civilizations around the world. Italian Renaissance and American works are also on exhibit. Guided tours are available. The 290-seat Academy Theatre presents more than 400 programs annually. A restaurant and gift shop is also onsite

  • Located: 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu
  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturdays 10am to 430pm
  • Admission: $10 for AD, $5 Children 4-17, Free for children 3 and under
  • Phone: 808-532-8700

U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii:
The US Army Museum of Hawaii has exhibits and educational programs emphasizing the roll Hawaii played in military actions from WWI through the Vietnam Conflict.

  • Bldg 32 Kalia Rd, Ft DeRussy   
  • Phone: 955-9552
  • Hours of Operation: 10am- 4:30pm Tue-Sun

Tropic Lightning Museum:  
The mission of the Tropic Lightning Museum is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit the artifacts and related memorabilia, which reflect the history of Schofield Barracks, the 25th Infantry Division, and Wheeler Army Airfield.
In August 1956, the 25th Infantry Division Association, Schofield Barracks Chapter, started to collect the Division's history, memorabilia and assorted artifacts. On 28 October 1957, the museum committee held its first meeting in a small room behind the Headquarters Commandant’s office. The new museum moved to a more spacious location in November 1958 and featured displays of equipment and uniforms with artillery guns and military vehicles in front of the building.
Tropic Lightning Museum opened two new galleries. The first gallery tells the history of Schofield Barracks from 1908 to 1942. The second gallery picks up the story by following the 25th Infantry Division into the Pacific and traces their combat history from World War II to Vietnam.
In October 2001, in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Division, the Tropic Lightning Museum expanded into the west wing of Carter Hall. The wing opened with a new Changing Gallery and adjoining multipurpose room. Construction for future exhibits is currently underway.

  • Location: Tropic Lightning Museum Waianae Avenue, Bldg. 361 Schofield Barracks
  • Phone: 808-655-0438
  • Hours of Operations: 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturdays               

Mission Houses Museum:
The Mission Houses Museum, a National Historic Landmark, is the primary program of the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, a non-profit educational institution and genealogical society. The Museum interprets the "missionary period" of Hawaiian history, 1820-1863, which is fundamental to an understanding of contemporary Hawai‘i.

  • Located: 553 Sourth King Street Honolulu
  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: please call for tour times and prices
  • Phone: 808-447-3910

Manoa Heritage Center:
The Mānoa Heritage Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1996, whose mission is to promote the thoughtful stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i. The historic site consists of Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau, a Native Hawaiian garden and the historic home Kūali‘i. The heiau and historic home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Center is committed to preserving and interpreting the heiau, the Native Hawaiian garden, the historic home and the natural and cultural history of Mānoa Valley for future generations. Hours: Tours help Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm