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Museums and Galleries

Museums and Galleries
Museums and Galleries

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Brush up on your Hawaiian history at one of the many Pacific oriented museums here on Oahu or revel in the natural beauty captured by many local galleries from artists throughout the islands. Many of the exhibits at Bishop Museum have a dense collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts, while the halls of the Contemporary Museum are filled with work from internationally acclaimed artists.

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Bishop Museum
  • Bishop Museum
  • The newly renovated Bishop Museum combines hands-on, interactive exhibits with science and history. If the words "educational" and "fun" can be used in the same sentence (and we know they can), those...
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Children's Discovery Center
  • Children's Discovery Center
  • Okay, kids, today we are going to a museum. First, a couple of guidelines: 1. Please touch everything. 2. Don't whisper! If you have to laugh or make noises of excitement, please do so. 3. The Children's Discovery Center is about you, so feel free to play the entire time.
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Contemporary Museum
  • Contemporary Museum
  • If modern art really has no boundaries, then the stunning view of Diamond Head as seen from the grounds of the Contemporary Museum would be considered a masterpiece.
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Haleiwa Surf Museum
  • Haleiwa Surf Museum
  • Throughout time, most seafarers of the world never considered harnessing the power of a breaking wave and riding it to shore. Today, the north shore attracts an international following to its numerous surf competitions.
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Hawai'i Maritime Center
  • Hawai'i Maritime Center
  • Note: Bishop Museum temporarily ceased public operations at its Hawai'i Maritime Center, effective May 1, 2009. Currently, no date is set for a reopening of the Maritime Center. Test your sea legs aboard the world's only remaining four-masted, full-rigged ship.
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Japanese Cultural Center
  • Japanese Cultural Center
  • Fueled by the memory of the poignant sacrifices of both the Issei and Nisei (first and second generations), founders of the Japanese Cultural Center have created a lasting legacy that celebrates the roots of the Japanese community in Hawai'i.
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Mission Houses Museum
  • Mission Houses Museum
  • As you travel through Honolulu along South King Street, the sight of a quaint New England-style cottage on a manicured lawn will certainly catch your eye.
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Pacific Aviation Museum
  • Pacific Aviation Museum
  • At one time, planes swiftly swooping in and out of sight signaled an ordinary day at Ford Island. Home to an Army Air Corps (the future Air Force) base since 1918, the island became the property of the Navy in the early '30s.
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Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Polynesian Cultural Center
  • The staccato of drums and rhythmic Hawaiian chanting resonates throughout the Polynesian Cultural Center. A canoe glides gently across the still lagoon, surrounded by waterfalls, tropical flora and an "erupting" volcano.
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U.S. Army Museum
  • U.S. Army Museum
  • If you've never heard the Star Spangled Banner strummed on a ukulele, you are in for a treat as you enter the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.
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