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The impressive holdings of Hawaii's fine arts museum include one of the nation's finest collections of Asian art as well as a 17,000-piece collection of graphic arts and artifacts from Hawaiian and other ancient civilizations around the world. Italian Renaissance and American works are also on exhibit. Guided tours are available. The 290-seat Doris Duke Theatre presents several programs annually. A restaurant and gift shop is also onsite.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum provides a fascinating look into Hawaii's colorful past. Established in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop for his wife, the last descendant of the Kamehameha family, the museum has multiple permanent and special exhibits. From diverse subjects including Hawaiian royalty to hands on science exhibits to contemporary works by native American artists, it contains an array of artifacts.
The Pacific Aviation Museum, located in Hangars 37, 54 and 79 of Pearl Harbor's Ford Island, offers visitors a chance to relive the heinous Pearl Harbor attack in a safe and comfortable museum setting. An introductory film depicts the event in graphic (albeit black and white) detail. Then visitors are ushered into row upon row of dioramas and other exhibits that shed more light on the intricacies of what actually happened on that fateful day. Outside, the experience continues. A replica debris field, complete with smoking wrecks, is on view, as well as actual shrapnel marks and an actual bomb crater. A stable of historical aircraft completes the museum's collection. See the website for proposed additions, museum news, online souvenir shopping and more.