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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.

ARTS at Marks Garage

1159 Nu`uanu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96817   Directions

(808) 521-2903


The ARTS at Marks Garage showcases the art and life of the artist at its best: In a collaborative environment, with inspiration and input from fellow artists. The complex is located in Chinatown and the Honolulu Arts & Cultural District. The effort brings together gallery, performance and office space for business and non-profit organizations.

Many times, the ARTS at Marks Garage will put out an open call for artists to submit work for an upcoming show. The results have been phenomenal.

For example, "image" was an opportunity for Hawaiian artists to explore the interactions of community, communication and print. The artists reacted to the expansion of electronic media and the demise of newspaper and printed media by Honolulu Printmakers, the oldest printmaking organization in the U.S.

Visiting exhibits are also a regular affair at the ARTS at Marks Garage. "Hui Panala'au," for example, explored the occupation of the Pacific Islands during the years before World War II. The exhibit received a national award of commendation from the American Association for State and Local History in 2003.

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Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

3957 Hansen Rd
Kahului, HI 96732   Directions

(808) 871-8058


The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum will open your eyes to one of the largest exports of the state of Hawaii, a crop that harkens back to Hawaii's early plantation culture.

The Sugar Museum is housed in a renovated historic building that dates back to 1902. Documents, artifacts and photos chronicle the rise and fall of sugar as an economic stimulus for the island of Maui. Details include facts about the sugar industry, plantation life and the fate of immigrants who came to Hawaii from around the world for jobs. The unique lifestyle created by the melting pot of immigrants still endures today in the enviable local lifestyle of the Hawaiian culture.

The Sugar Museum includes six exhibit rooms, plus outdoor displays of plantation equipment.

The rooms are: The Geography Room; The Water Room; The Human Resources Room; The Plantation Room; The Field Work Room and The Mill Room.

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Contemporary Museum

2411 Makiki Heights Dr
Honolulu, HI 96822   Directions

(808) 526-1322


The Contemporary Museum occupies a unique place in the creative culture of Hawaii: It is the sole museum in the state dedicated to showing only contemporary art. In fact, the museum has two locations to present the provocative, dynamic forms of visual arts. The first is at the historic Cooke-Spalding house, and the other is downtown at First Hawaiian Center.

The museum opened to the public in October 1988. Since it opened, the Contemporary Museum has added a Museum Shop and Cafe.

The Contemporary Museum's growing collection dates from 1940 to the present. Artists represented include Robert Arneson, Jennifer Bartlett, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Kenneth Price, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Mark Tobey, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman, and Peter Voulkos.

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East Hawaii Cultural Center

141 Kalakaua St
Hilo, HI 96720   Directions

(808) 961-5711


The East Hawaii Cultural Center is an important force that promotes Hawaiian arts, culture and creative traditions. Since Hawaii is a multi-ethnic state, the council was founded in 1967 with six charter organizations that reflect the diversity of the Pacific islands. The cultural center is home to an effective alliance of arts organizations, including the Big Island Dance Council, Hawaii Concert Society, Bunka No Izumi, Kin Ryosho Dance Academy, and the Philippine Women's Circle.

Visitors to the East Hawaii Cultural Center can browse through three public galleries and enjoy local, national and international art exhibits. The second floor of the center features a theater, art studio and dance floor. The adaptive space is perfect for theater and performance pieces, along with expressions of dance.

In addition to activities at the center, the East Hawaii Cultural Center sponsors other huge, island-wide events such as the Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival and the Hamakua Music Festival. Hula festivals, dance festivals and Aloha Saturdays in the Park are also big draws for tourists and residents alike.

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Hawaii State Art Museum

250 S Hotel St
Honolulu, HI 96813   Directions

(808) 586-0900


The Hawaii State Art Museum opened in the fall of 2002, when it brought immensely popular touring exhibits to the state of Hawaii. The museum houses three galleries, featuring pieces from the Art in Public Places Collection.

Many of the exhibits focus on art from native Hawaiians, along with art that speaks to the culture of the Islands.

One of the most popular exhibits at the Hawaii State Art Museum has been "Where We Live: Places of Hawaii." The exhibit showcases art from the Art in Public Places Collection, where the natural landscape of the islands is interpreted in realistic and abstract images.

Another exhibit intertwined samples of textile and fiber works from the Art in Public Places Collection.

As another example of a recent exhibit, "Inner Scapes" featured abstract paintings and sculptures by artists that were influenced by the greats of the 20th century, most notably artists native to Hawaii.

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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Honolulu, HI

(808) 985-6000


Get a up-close view of an active volcano at the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum. The museum is next to the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, where government scientists and experts study volcanoes and forewarn the public of imminent eruptions.

U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii

2161 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815   Directions

(808) 955-9552


The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii was once a bastion built to protect Hawaii from foreign invaders. Today, it tells the military story of Hawaii from its Polynesian beginning to the Vietnam conflict. The story that unfolds at the Army Museum details the men and the machines that protected a nation.

You'll learn about the weaponry that was called into action, from fighter jets to submarines that were at the time extremely new technology. Exhibits include a section on Hawaiian warfare, Hawaii on the defense and Hawaii on the offense after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, along with presentations on the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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USS Arizona Memorial

1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, HI 96818   Directions

(808) 422-3300


The USS Arizona Memorial is a stoic memorial that will stir emotions in every visitor who enters its gates. The memorial is part of the WWII Valor in the Pacific national Monument., which includes sites on Ford island and several historic Battleship Row mooring quays. The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

While the tour is free, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Typically, all the tickets are given away by noon.

At the Visitor Center, ticket holders will watch a 23-minute film on the history of the Pearl Harbor attack. After viewing the film, visitors board a Navy operated launch for the Memorial. The entire program takes 75 minutes.

An audio tour narrated by Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine is a great way to pass the time while waiting to start your tour. The audio tour will guide you through the Visitor Center, interpretive displays, interpretive information on the shuttle boats and on the Memorial.

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USS Battleship Missouri

63 Cowpens St
Honolulu, HI 96818   Directions

(808) 455-1600


The USS Missouri Memorial stands as a testament to the winning will of the U.S. military in World War II, and also as a icon of strength to her devoted crew that spanned three generations. Nicknamed the Mighty Mo, the Battleship Missouri served through three wars. Today she is devoted to preserving the stories and memories of former crew members and other veterans through oral history recordings and transcriptions. Specially trained guides take visitors on a tour of the ship. In fact, part of the tour recreates the footsteps of General Douglas MacArthur.


USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

11 Arizona Memorial Dr
Honolulu, HI 96818   Directions

(808) 423-1341


The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park offers visitors a fascinating look at the history of submarines, from the first attempt in 1776 to current technological feats of today's nuclear submarines. The USS Bowfin Museum allows visitors to go below deck aboard the National Historic Landmark, which was launched after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1942. The World War II submarine went on to sink 44 enemy ships during her nine war patrols.

The waterfront memorial stands in tribute to the 52 American submarines and the more than 3,500 submariners lost in World War II.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour that narrates what life was like aboard for the 80-man crew.

The 10,000-square-foot Museum includes submarine-related artifacts such as submarine weapon systems, photographs, paintings, battle flags, original recruiting posters, and detailed submarine models, all illustrating the history of the U.S. Submarine Service.

Exhibits include a Poseidon C-3 missile, which allows visitors to examine its inner workings.

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Valor in the Pacific National Monument

1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, HI 96818   Directions

(808) 422-3300


Immerse yourself in the history and courage of soldiers based in Pearl Harbor at one of the most lauded monuments to World War II, The Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The visitor center campus is the perfect launching spot for your tour. Within the facility are two movie theaters, a museum, bookstore and gift shop. This is also where you will have your first encounter with one of the many detailed exhibits that review the Pearl Harbor attack.

The campus includes the USS Arizona Memorial, built over the remains of the ship where thousands of soldiers died in the initial attack.

In all, the sites at the Hawaiian Valor in the Pacific National Monument include:

  • USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center
  • USS Utah Memorial
  • USS Oklahoma Memorial
  • Six Chief Petty Officer Bungalows on Ford Island
  • Mooring Quays F6, F7, and F8, which formed part of Battleship Row

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