Best Museums in Honolulu
One of the main reasons families and couples choose Oahu for their well-deserved getaway is the seemingly never-ending array of activities, attractions, and beaches in Honolulu. Prince Waikiki, one of the premier luxury Waikiki hotels, not only features a lavish infinity pool, award-winning fine dining, and genuinely stunning ocean views but is also minutes away from the best museums in Honolulu. When you’re not sunbathing on Waikiki Beach, learning to surf, and strolling through lively Kaka’ako, you’ll want to visit these four local museums.
Shangri La / Honolulu Museum of Art
Lovers of global art typically visit the expansive, arresting Honolulu Museum of Art without realizing there is a visually-stunning museum of Islamic art and design near Diamond Head State Monument. Doris Duke’s gorgeous estate has been transformed into the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, & Design, an experience like none other in Oahu. After touring the impressive Honolulu Museum of Art, visitors can embark on a 90-minute tour of Shangri La, which includes a shuttle from the museum to Doris Duke’s mansion. Duke, a billionaire heiress, spent many winters in Shangri La, which was built in 1938. Inside this Islamic-inspired palace, you’ll discover breathtaking architecture, ageless exhibits, and stunning Pacific Ocean vistas. Shuttles depart from the Honolulu Museum of Art, which rests only two miles from Prince Waikiki, one of the only waterfront Waikiki hotels.
The historic Iolani Palace is one of the most popular Downtown Honolulu attractions. Downtown Honolulu is approximately 2.5 miles from the best oceanfront Waikiki hotels, including lavish Prince Waikiki. Iolani Palace is a beautifully preserved and restored 19th-century estate that once housed Hawaiian monarchs. Tour the grounds to observe the imaginative architecture, marvel at the grandeur, and learn about the palace’s unique history. The palace is also quite close to the Honolulu Museum of Art, Kaka’ako murals, and the best craft breweries in Oahu.
Tourists can explore both the Iolani Palace and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum by embarking on the “Monarchs Tour.” The Bishop Museum, established in 1889, was created to preserve and share Hawaii’s cultural and natural history. Inside the museum are more than 24 million treasures, according to their website. Tourists return annually to examine the rotating exhibits, new additions, and the always-staggering J. Watumull Planetarium. Each floor is dedicated to a different Hawaiian “realm,” including a focus on gods, the importance of nature, and critical moments in Hawaii’s history.
Luxury Waikiki Hotels
After each full day of adventure, exploration, and relaxation, retreat to Prince Waikiki for an evening of fine dining, sunset cocktails, and late-night hors-d’oeuvres. Choose between two of the best Waikiki restaurants, Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo and 100 Sails, before enjoying a sunset inside the exclusive Prince Waikiki Club. For more information on the best attractions and museums in Honolulu, please dial 1-808-944-4423 to speak with our knowledgeable concierge.