If you're looking for things to do in Honolulu when it rains, you'll find a number of exciting indoor attractions, including museums and theatres. The weather is usually sunny and warm, though, so you’ll still have a chance to explore the city and take in Hawaiian art and culture on your trip.

    From museums with island arts and culture to kid-friendly educational spaces to cinemas and arcades, you’ll never run out of things to do. If you’re looking for indoor fun on a damp day, here are the 10 best things to do in Honolulu when it rains.

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    Hawaii Children’s Discovery Centre

    Give the kids opportunities to explore

    • Families

    The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Centre is a child-focused museum with interactive exhibits that encourage children to use their senses. Located south of city centre, the museum is the perfect place to take the family on a rainy day.

    Each of the museum’s 6 exhibits encourages different sensory exploration, such as “Fantastic You,” which helps children learn about the functions of the body. You’ll also find “Your Town,” a role-playing exhibit that teaches about community through roles like firefighter and mechanic, and “Your Rainbow World,” a cultural exhibit that teaches children about customs in other countries.

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    Location: 111 Ohe St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 808-524-5437

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    Hawaii State Art Museum

    Discover beautiful Hawaiian art

    • History

    The Hawaii State Art Museum is a fascinating museum with permanent and rotating exhibits on Hawaiian and Pacific-Island art. Located in the city centre area, the museum is a treasured museum of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

    You’ll find 3 galleries in the museum that highlight Hawaii’s cultural traditions through Hawaiian artists. Though the collection features a variety of artistic movements, styles, and media, it showcases how the multicultural makeup of Hawaii influenced local artists. Some of the highlights include works by Tadashi Sato, Toshiko Takaezu, and Satoru Abe.

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    Location: 250 South Hotel St Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Fridays and Sundays)

    Phone: +1 808-586-0900

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    Ala Moana Shopping Centre

    Shop for designer goods

    • Shoppers

    The Ala Moana Shopping Centre is an open-air shopping centre that offers a variety of high-end and casual brands for fashion, shoes, accessories, electronics, and more. Located in the Ala Moana area, just 9 minutes from city centre, Ala Moana is a popular shopping destination outside the busy city centre area.

    You could shop a range of well-known brands at Ala Moana, including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Chanel, as well as casual brands like J. Crew and Madewell. The shopping centre also has a public amphitheatre with concerts and traditional hula dances.

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    Location: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 808-955-9517

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    Pearl Harbour Aviation Museum

    Learn about aviation and World War II

    • History

    The Pearl Harbour Aviation Museum is a fascinating aviation museum and historic site dedicated to World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbour. Located on Ford Island, about 15 minutes from city centre, the museum is one of several historic sites related to the attack.

    The original hangar from the attack, Hangar 37, is one of the museum’s exhibit spaces and features flight simulators, a store, and 9 exhibits of aircraft and memorabilia. Hangar 79 is the restoration wing, but it holds many of the museum’s treasured aircraft, such as the Flying Tigers exhibit and a Japanese A6M2-21 Zero. You’ll also see the Boeing N2S-3 Stearman that was used by former president George H.W. Bush for flight training.

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    Location: 319 Lexington Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96818, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 808-441-1000

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    Honolulu Museum of Art

    See masterpieces of Asian and Pan-Pacific art

    • History

    The Honolulu Museum of Art is a vast art museum that holds a collection of Asian and Pan-Pacific art. Located southeast of city centre, the museum offers exhibits, guided tours, workshops, gallery classes, and children’s creative activities.

    The museum has a massive collection of artwork that contains over 50,000 pieces. Some of the works date back to the 18th century and feature expedition artists like John Webber and Robert Dampier. You’ll also see paintings, watercolours, prints, photographs, and drawings from artists like Isami Doi, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and Madge Tennent.

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    Location: 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

    Open: Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +1 808-532-8700

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    Bishop Museum

    Explore wonders of Polynesian culture and history

    • History

    The Bishop Museum is a museum of history and science that features one of the largest collections of Polynesian cultural artefacts. Located 5 minutes from city centre, the Bishop Museum is also home to the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Centre, a child-focused learning and exploration centre.

    The museum is a hub of island arts, culture, and natural history. The campus has a planetarium that’s used for astronomical sciences and shows, an entomology research centre with millions of insect specimens, and an archives library. Another highlight is the Kaimiloa Expedition exhibit, which holds artefacts and samples from the famed expedition to explore the inaccessible areas of the Pacific.

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    Location: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 808-847-3511

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    Hawaii Theatre

    Book tickets to a concert or theatre production

    Hawaii Theatre is a historic performing arts theatre that hosts stage shows, concerts, and other performances. Located in the city centre area, just minutes from city centre, the Hawaii Theatre is a treasured landmark from 1922.

    The interior of the theatre is one of its biggest draws and features Moorish ornamentation, Byzantine and Corinthian touches, beaux-arts architectural touches, a gilded dome, and an art gallery. Along with booking a show, you could also take a guided tour of the theatre to learn more about its history and cultural significance.

    Location: 1130 Bethel St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

    Phone: +1 808-528-0506

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    Film Museum

    Enjoy an old foreign film

    • Families
    • Couples

    The Film Museum is a charming cinema and museum that plays old films, foreign films, and new releases. Located southeast of city centre in the Kaimuki area, the treasured theatre is a little-known gem in the city.

    The theatre has limited seating, but the majority of the seats are comfortable Barcaloungers. The film schedule is sent by email, so be sure to check what’s on for your trip. When you visit, stop in the rental spot to check out the selection of rare and obscure videos and DVDs.

    Location: 3566 Harding Ave Conference Room, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA

    Phone: +1 808-735-8771

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    Diamond Head Theatre

    See a musical or comedy show

    Diamond Head Theatre is a spectacular performing arts centre that hosts musicals, stage productions, comedy shows, and performing arts classes. Located on the slope of Diamond Head, just 14 minutes from city centre, the theatre has been in operation since 1915.

    Each season, the Diamond Head Theatre offers 6 mainstage productions and major musicals. The theatre also offers acting, voice, and dance classes for children and adults, as well as occasional workshops. You can check the schedule for your trip to see what’s on.

    Location: 520 Makapuu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA

    Phone: +1 808-733-0274

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    Fun Factory

    Play exciting arcade games with the kids

    • Families

    Fun Factory is an exciting arcade with video games, redemption games, and prizes for the whole family. With several locations near Honolulu, you’ll have plenty of choices for how to spend a rainy day in Hawaii.

    You’ll find something for everyone at Fun Factory, including vintage-style arcade games, skill games, kiddie games, and video games. When you play, you collect tickets that can be exchanged for a variety of great prizes in the redemption centre. Different tickets are available for purchase, giving you opportunities for unlimited gameplay or discounted tokens.

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