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Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
+1 808-847-3511
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
+1 808-847-3511
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum has excellent collections of native Hawaiian cultural artifacts, most of which due to their biodegradable nature, have been lost. The presentations of these materials is somewhat dry, however if you can catch a free guided tour with one of the staff, take it...More

Thank D_PN
Reviewed 5 days ago

You'll need a couple of hours to visit this museum, but your time will be well-spent. The tour includes multiple buildings including a science center and the main museum and can be self-guided or visited with a docent. The exhibits are beautiful and easily viewed....More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! Lived here all my life and have been thru this Museum a lot growing up as a young person. Now, I've taken my kids and they enjoy the Museum just as much as me! Still an enjoyable place to spend a couple...More

Thank P9152PVkevint
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge collection of Hawaiin culture. That part of the museum was boring for kids (age 6&10). There were some interactive exhibits for kids. The kids natural museum was great. Lots of hands on and a demonstration of lava making. The gift shop has a good...More

Thank nellienurse
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything was so fun and nice. We know more about the history about Hawaii. We think need more time to spent here like all day. PM14:00 pick up is too short to take a well look for all. We are sure will come back again...More

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Thank watanabececilia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a major depository of Hawaiian history, traditions, and culture and needs to be visited to help people understand the original inhabitants of these islands. The museum does have a $5.00 parking fee and a fairly pricey entry fee—but it certainly is worth it....More

Thank IdaIllinois
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm surprised by the overall high rating of this museum. It is a bit disorganized. Many of the exhibits are not labeled with the exception of a number or the name of the donor. If you like 1800's architecture, the main building is gorgeous, though...More

Thank Carrie28970
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very unusual structure. Full of natural and cultural history and well worth the visit. The café nearby is very modest but with good quality food. The garden is nothing exceptional. Can't come to HI without making one visit here to get the background.

Thank Z7011UDmichaelp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the Bishop and the history of Hawaii. There is alot to do at this center for adults and children.

Thank Kamboka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hesitate writing this review as to not cause this place to get over crowded, but it was awesome. Historical relics, pictures, and stories are all on display to provide native and visitor alike a great background into this island group. I could have spent...More

1  Thank road_tripping9110
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26 October 2016|
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Response from shelleybear2016 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't understand the question.
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24 October 2016|
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Response from Milton255068 | Reviewed this property |
No, of course not! They won't take any responsibility if something goes missing, and with the amount of people and students going through this place, its likely something will
5 October 2016|
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Response from KulaBob | Reviewed this property |
It all depends. If you can get a docent to take you through the lower level storage area jump on it. Perhaps that can be arranged by joining an Iolani Palace support group. Check their website. The lower level stores... More