The Kauai Museum is the cultural Sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians and it nurtures the creative spirit of today's artists.
Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian objects and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of objects, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures. Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.
Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls. It remained a royal residence until the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in January 1893 and served as capitol of the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory and State of Hawaii until 1969. Today, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia and immerse yourself in Hawaii’s royal heritage.
Honolulu Museum of Art
HoMA is a unique gathering place where art, history, culture and education converge, right in the heart of Honolulu. Whether you’re exploring the galleries, catching a film, or reawakening your love of art through a class, HoMA strives to be a vital part of Hawai‘i’s cultural landscape. They aspire to create relevant and transformative experiences through the study, preservation, presentation, and creation of art.
Lyman Museum and Mission House
The Lyman Museum began as the Lyman Mission House, originally built for New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman in 1839. Today, the restored Mission House is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Lyman Museum building, next door to the Mission House, houses a superb collection of artifacts and natural history exhibits as well as special exhibitions, archives, and a gift shop. Visitors touring the two facilities can see the old Mission House and life as it was 150 years ago, as well as immersive exhibits on many aspects of Hawaiian natural history and culture…a rare and well-rounded view of the real Hawai`i. Throughout the year, the Lyman Museum offers a wide range of educational programs from special lectures and talks to hands-on workshops on Hawaiian skills and crafts. The Archives includes historical documents, books, and photographic collections.
Maui Historical Society
Maui Historical Society is committed to preserving and sharing Maui’s History with the local community and those abroad. They promote community involvement by collaborating with organizations that share and support their vision and host cultural events throughout the year. They work with individuals and organizations to create special exhibitions for all to enjoy.
Grove Farm Museum and Waioli Mission House
The Grove Farm and Waioli Mission House Museums were entrusted to Waioli Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose Board of Trustees is made up of community members. Waioli Corporation celebrates and shares the rich diverse multicultural history of Kauai by authentically preserving numerous historic sites and collections around the island.
Hui o Laka is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates Kōkeʻe Museum as a visitor center for Waimea Canyon & Kōkeʻe State Parks, and the historic CCC Camp as a volunteer and research field station. The organization sponsors a volunteer program, festivals, hikes, and workshops. The vision of Hui o Laka is to connect people with the spirit of Koke`e. The organization and its members illuminate, celebrate, and nurture the essence of Koke’e, engaging all in a spirit of appreciation and service.
National Museum of the American Indian – Washington, D.C.
The National Museum of the American Indian is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution. It cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, and archives. The Museum’s Artist Leadership Program enables indigenous artists to research, document, and network throughout the world.
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts – Santa Fe, New Mexico
This museum’s mission is to increase public awareness and appreciation of contemporary Native art. They do this through preservation, exhibition, and interpretation.
Millicent Rogers Museum – Taos, New Mexico
Offering a wide array of Native American and Hispanic artwork and jewelry.
Heard Museum – Phoenix, Arizona
This renowned museum features galleries of diverse Native American artwork.
Denver Art Museum – Denver, Colorado
The Denver Art Museum boasts over 20,000 pieces of Indian art and was one of the first to collect Native art.
Red Earth Museum – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Red Earth Museum, sponsored by the Red Earth organization, is a year-round cultural facility located at the Kirkpatrick Air Space and Science Museum.
Miccosukee Indian Village – Miami, Florida
Here one experiences how the Miccosukee Indian Tribe existed and still exists in the “Heart of the Everglades”. Exhibits and demonstrations include woodcarving, patchwork, beadwork, basket weaving and doll making.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site – Stanton, North Dakota
In 1974, congress established the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The 1,758 acre site preserves historic and archaeological remnants of the culture and agricultural lifestyle of the Northern Plains Indians.
Oconaluftee Indian Village – Cherokee, North Carolina
The Oconaluftee Indian Village is presented by the Cherokee Historical Association. Here one can find the model of a Cherokee village from over 225 years ago. Cherokee guides in native costume explain the history, culture and lifestyles of their ancestors and answer questions.
American Indian Genocide Museum – Houston, Texas
The American Indian Genocide Museum is a memorial to the victims of ethnic cleansing. One purpose of the museum is to address prejudice generated toward native peoples through biased reporting of history. The use of art, sculpture and film create a memorable learning experience.
California State Indian Museum – Sacramento, California
The State Indian Museum, opened in 1940, depicts three major themes of California Indian life: nature, spirit and family.
Alaska Native Heritage Center – Anchorage, Alaska
An educational and cultural institution, the Alaska Native Heritage Center provides programs in both academic and informal settings, including workshops, demonstrations, and guided tours of exhibits and outdoor village sites.
Pawnee Indian Village State Historic Site – Republic, Kansas
The Pawnee Indian Village features exhibits on Pawnee history and culture through archeological investigation and historical details. A sacred bundle is featured in the exhibit, and was passed down through several generations.
SunWatch Indian Village / Archaeological Park – Dayton, Ohio
The village and park are a National Historic Landmark and represents the remains of a Fort Ancient settlement, time circa 1200 A.D.
Wolf Creek Indian Village – Bastian, Virginia
The recreated 800-year-old village is near the site of an archeological excavation and is a “living” museum with hands-on exploration for visitors. Interpretive guides educate visitors about the survival skills employed by the Eastern Woodland Indians.