List of museums in Hawaii

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This list of museums in Hawaii contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Non-profit and university art galleries are also included. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Location Island Subject Summary
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum Kahului Maui Industry Hawaiian sugar plantation history and heritage
Anna Ranch Kamuela Big Island Historic house Historic ranch
ARTS at Marks Garage Honolulu Oahu Art website
Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center North Kona Big Island Science Located at Kona International Airport, space science and artifacts of astronaut Ellison Onizuka
Bailey House Museum Wailuku Maui Multiple Historic 19th century house museum with Hawaiian history and art, collection of land snails
Baldwin Home Museum Lahaina Maui Historic house website, operated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, mid-19th century missionary home
Bernice P. Bishop Museum Honolulu Oahu Multiple Art, Hawaiian history and culture, Pacific cultures, science, Hawaii Maritime Center
Damien Museum Honolulu Oahu Biographical Life and works of Father Damien
East Hawaii Cultural Center Hilo Big Island Art In historic building that served as District Courthouse and Police Station
East-West Center Gallery Honolulu Oahu Art Performances and changing exhibits of traditional and contemporary arts of the Pacific region
Gallery ‘Iolani Kaneohe Oahu Art website, part of Windward Community College
Greenwell Store South Kona Big Island Living Operated by the Kona Historical Society, site of Henry Nicholas Greenwell (1826–1891) store
Grove Farm Lihuʻe Kauaʻi Historic house 1860s sugar plantation
Hale Pa’ahao Lahaina Maui Prison website, operated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, former Lahaina Prison
Hale Pa'i Lahaina Maui Media Operated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, antique printing press equipment
Hana Cultural Center & Museum Hana Maui Open air website, includes local history museum, historic courthouse, jail, and four authentic Hawaiian hale (houses)
Hawaii Children's Discovery Center Honolulu Oahu Children's
Hawaii Nature Center Iao Valley Maui Natural history website, facility in Maui features museum exhibits; also an education center in Makiki Valley in Honolulu
Hawaii Plantation Village Waipahu Oahu Living website, story of life on Hawaii’s sugar plantations (c. 1900)
Hawaii Science and Technology Museum Hilo Hawaii Science website, mobile science museum
Hawaii State Art Museum Honolulu Oahu Art Permanent and temporary exhibitions of Hawaiian art
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu Oahu Art Also includes Spalding House with contemporary art
Honolulu Police Department Law Enforcement Museum Honolulu Oahu Law enforcement website, evolution of law enforcement in Hawaii, operated by the Honolulu Police Department
Hoʻopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill Hanalei Kauaʻi Mill website
Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center Makawao Maui Art website, includes fine art gallery
Huliheʻe Palace Kailua-Kona Big Island Historic house Former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty
Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii Hilo Big Island Astronomy Hawaiian culture and history, astronomy (particularly at the Mauna Kea Observatories), and the overlap between the two
Iolani Palace Honolulu Oahu Historic house Royal palace of King David Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani
Isaacs Art Center Waimea Big Island Art Art museum of early and mid twentieth century Hawaii artists, also retail gallery, operated by the Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Jaggar Museum Kilauea Big Island Science Geological museum dedicated to seismology & volcanology, at Kīlauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Honolulu Oahu Ethnic website, history, heritage and culture of the Japanese American experience in Hawaii
John Young Museum of Art Honolulu Oahu Art Part of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Asian and tribal art
Judiciary History Center Honolulu Oahu Hawaii's legal history; located in Ali'iolani Hale
Kauaʻi Museum Lihuʻe Kauaʻi Multiple Includes art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians, local and natural history artifacts, and art exhibits
Koa Art Gallery Honolulu Oahu Art website, part of Kapiolani Community College
Koke’e Museum at Koke'e State Park Kekaha Kaua'i Natural history Nnatural and cultural history of Waimea Canyon State Park and Koke'e State Park
Kona Coffee Living History Farm South Kona Big Island Living Operated by the Kona Historical Society, depicts coffee pioneer's story with daily lives of early Japanese immigrants during the period of 1920-1945
Lahaina Heritage Museum Lahaina Maui Local history website, operated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Laupahoehoe Train Museum Laupahoehoe Big Island Railroad website
Lucoral Museum Honolulu Oahu Natural history website, corals, pearls, gemstones and fossils from around the world
Lyman House Memorial Museum Hilo Big Island Natural history Features Hawaiian culture, shells and minerals
Maui Arts & Cultural Center Kahului Maui Art website, includes fine art gallery
Mission Houses Museum Honolulu Oahu Historic house Three houses that interpret the "missionary period" of Hawaiian history, 1820–1863
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center Hilo Big Island Natural history Exhibits on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, now a National Monument, including fish and coral life
Nani Mau Gardens Hilo Big Island Natural history Botanical garden with museum about tropical plants and their role in Hawaiian culture
Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Saddle Road Big Island Astronomy On the slopes of Mauna Kea, stargazing programs, information about the telescopes and astronomical work done there
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Ford Island, Hawaii Oahu Aviation Located on Ford Island, includes historic aircraft, three historic hangars and an air traffic control tower
Pacific Tsunami Museum Hilo Big Island Science History of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami which affected Hilo
Parker Ranch Waimea Big Island Historic house Working ranch with tours of two historic houses
Polynesian Cultural Center Lā'ie Oahu Ethnic Polynesian-themed living museum with displays of culture and craft, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park Hōnaunau Big Island Archaeology Park with complex of archeological sites and reconstructed temple and thatched structures
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site Kohala Big Island Archaeology Temple ruins and exhibits
R. W. Meyer Sugar Mill Museum Kalae Molokai Industry information, information, also known as Molokai Museum and Cultural Center, historic sugar mill owned by Rudolph Wilhelm Meyer and museum
Queen Emma Summer Palace Honolulu Oahu Historic house Victorian retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii
Queen's Medical Center Historical Room Honolulu Oahu Medical website, exhibits about the founding of the hospital and the early days of medicine in Hawaii
Shangri La Honolulu Oahu Art Historic Doris Duke mansion with Islamic art, furnishings and decorative art; tours by reservation only
Tropic Lightning Museum Schofield Barracks Oahu Military website, history of the 25th Infantry Division and Wheeler Army Airfield
University of Hawaii Art Gallery Honolulu Oahu Art website
U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii Waikiki Oahu Military Located at Fort DeRussy
USS Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor Oahu Military Memorial and museum about the sunken USS Arizona
U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park Pearl Harbor Oahu Maritime World War II submarine and museum about submarines
USS Missouri Pearl Harbor Oahu Maritime Museum battleship
Waimea Sugar Mill Camp Museum Waimea Kauaʻi Local history information, history and culture of Hawaii's old sugar plantation communities and plantation tour
Waiʻoli Mission House Hanalei Kauaʻi Historic house 1837 mission house
Washington Place Honolulu Oahu Historic house House where Queen Liliʻuokalani was arrested during the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, later Executive Mansion for twelve governors of Hawaiʻi
Whaler's Village Museum Lahaina Maui Industry website, whaling industry exhibits and whale information
Wo Hing Museum Lahaina Maui Ethnic Operated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Chinese cultural history in Maui

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