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Bishop Museum

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Address: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
Phone Number:
+1 808-847-3511
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his...

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 artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai'i and other Pacific island cultures. Today, 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. The Museum also operates the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on the island of Hawai'i.

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Great for a rainy day!

Lots of history and wonderful layout. Take the time to see the film in the planetarium, very informative.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of history and wonderful layout. Take the time to see the film in the planetarium, very informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The koa wood staircase and furniture is stunning. Well organised showcases and a good way to get a feel of local culture and history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is clearly one of the very best museums for Hawaiian and Polynesian art, artifacts and history. Well worth a visit, especially if you can go on one of the tours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is housed in an interesting building old school design with 3 level of heavy wooden balconies showcasing exhibits. A good place to get a feel for the history and culture of Hawaii. You can understand the takeover of the island by the US and disenfranchising of the native people. There is a good display of local and general... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the Museum on a rainy day. We went for the Museum and the Planetarium. It is worth seeing. I discovered the wood used to build the museum was sent to Stillwater Minnesota to be milled. I am from MN and have visited Stillwater many times so this was impressive to me. Of course it was over 100 years... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the best museum in Hawaii.....has a full range of what you would expect.....all the history from the Polynesians through the missionaries to the modern age. Well worth an hr of your time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My 10yr old daughter had seen the museum on a television program. It was on her "to do" list for our visit. We are so happy that she found this treasure. It was so worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Since the family had never visited, all 7 of us went, and toured the entire facility with the exception of the Castle Memorial(closed for new exhibit preparation) . The only disappointment was the Highway Inn ran out of the Hawaiian Plate, Beef Stew and Pineapple Shoyu Chicken dinners. The gift shop was a good value, I purchased Coffee cherry blossom... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family had fun, the volcano was very cool. Kids had fun with the hands on experiences. Nice way to spend a morning and included on the gooahu card.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in Hawaiian history then you must visit the Bishop Museum and the Iolani Palace. It was raining during our most recent visit so the outdoor activities and displays were closed but we spent hours touring the Hawaiian Hall which is spectacular

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