The best museums in Honolulu in June 2023

These are the top 10 best museums in Honolulu, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Honolulu? These are the best ones:

  1. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum1

    Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

    Honolulu, HI
    The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum , designated the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History , is a museum of history and science in the historic Kalihi district of Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu . Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawaiʻi and has the world's largest c
  2. Iolani Palace2

    Iolani Palace

    Honolulu, HI
    The ʻIolani Palace ( Hawaiian : Hale Aliʻi ʻIolani ) was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III under the Kamehameha Dynasty (1845) and ending with Queen Liliʻuokalani (1893) under the Kalākaua Dynasty , founded by her brother, King David Kalākaua .
  3. Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum3

    Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

    Honolulu, HI
  4. Waikīkī Aquarium4

    Waikīkī Aquarium

    Honolulu, HI
    The Waikīkī Aquarium is an aquarium in Honolulu , Hawaii , United States . It was founded in 1904 and has been an institution of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa since 1919. The aquarium is the second-oldest still-operating public aquarium in the United States , after the New York Aquarium . Built
  5. Honolulu Zoo5

    Honolulu Zoo

    Honolulu, HI
    The Honolulu Zoo is a 42-acre (17 ha) zoo in Queen Kapiʻolani Park in Honolulu , Hawaiʻi . It is the only zoo in the United States to be established by grants made by a sovereign monarch and is built on part of the 300-acre (121 ha) royal Queen Kapiʻolani Park . The Honolulu Zoo features over 1,230
  6. Foster Botanical Garden6

    Foster Botanical Garden

    Honolulu, HI
    Foster Botanical Garden , measuring 13.5 acres (5.5 ha), is one of five public botanical gardens on Oahu . It is located at 50 North Vineyard Boulevard, Honolulu , Hawaii , United States , near Chinatown at the intersection of Nu'uanu Avenue and Vineyard Boulevard. Foster is in a highly urban area w
  7. Queen Emma Summer Palace Museum7

    Queen Emma Summer Palace Museum

    Honolulu, HI
    Hānaiakamalama or Queen Emma Summer Palace , served as a retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV , and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site located at 2913 Pali Highway , less than a ten-
  8. Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden8

    Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden

    Honolulu, HI
    The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a 200-acre (0.8 km ) arboretum and botanical garden managed by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa located at the upper end of Mānoa Valley in Hawaiʻi . Much of the Arboretum's botanical collection consists of an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with numerous tra
  9. Hawaii State Art Museum9

    Hawaii State Art Museum

    Honolulu, HI
    The No. 1 Capitol District Building , on the site of the former Armed Services YMCA Building , now houses the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts .
  10. Hawaii Mission Houses Museum10

    Hawaii Mission Houses Museum

    Honolulu, HI
    The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives Honolulu, Hawaii , was established in 1920 by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society, on the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in Hawaiʻi. In 1962

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