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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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1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
+1 808-847-3511
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

This is the only museum which specializes in Hawaiiana in the United States. It is unique. Spend a few hours learning about our native culture and seeing the unusual artifacts like the feather capes. You will have a better appreciation of how these folks used...More

2  Thank Anitad72
Reviewed 18 February 2015

this is THE place to see authentic Hawaiian artifacts and read up on the history of all things Hawaiian!

1  Thank Marge K
Reviewed 18 February 2015

The Bishop Museum surprised all six of our party. The extensive museum features several buildings with each having multiple floors of exhibits which are beautifully displayed. Included on the museum grounds is a Planetarium and is included in the admission price. The Hawaiian Culture comes...More

Thank rhutch4534
Reviewed 18 February 2015

The best collection of historical and scientific themes on Oahu. It does not gloss over some of the atrocities perpetrated on immagrants to the islands. Allot about 90 minutes to 2 hours to see the entire museum.

Thank Tethier919
Reviewed 18 February 2015

We did not have an entire day here, and were sad we didn't plan for it. There is SO much to see and learn here. They had a lava talk and a planetarium talk on how early Polynesians used the night sky for navigation. Both...More

Thank Denise Z
Reviewed 17 February 2015

Wondering what to do on a raining day in Oahu we did a little research and this place came up a few times -- we are sure glad it did. It was a great museum and we learned so much about Hawaii and the history...More

Thank ScottNewJersey
Reviewed 15 February 2015

After visiting Oahu several times over the years this was my first visit to the Bishop Museum and WOW!!!!!!!!!!! So wish I would have gone before! Words can't describe it- you have to see it for yourself.

1  Thank NoneReally
Reviewed 13 February 2015 via mobile

We took the #2 bus from Waikiki and spent time at the Bishop Museum. What a great collection they have! The show at the planetarium was also very informative. Getting back to Waikiki by the #2 bus was also straight forward.

3  Thank macraj
Reviewed 12 February 2015

My husband, being a sailor, wondered how the Polynesians traveled by the stars. The planetarium presentation- Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars - 45 minutes long- was the best!!

1  Thank torontogwenn
Reviewed 10 February 2015

Most of the reviewers recommended setting aside 3 hours to view the entire museum. We agree - that seems to be the perfect amount of time to spend there. We learned a great deal about Polynesian Culture and enjoyed all of the artifacts. Call ahead...More

1  Thank HouseFamilyTravel
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The legacy of the quilts by Sarah Jones.
26 October 2016|
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Response from shelleybear2016 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't understand the question.
Jisoo K
I want to visit this museum right after I land in Honolulu, before I can check in at my hotel. Will I be able to check a rather large travel luggage at this museum during my visit?
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
Iolani or Bishop? If you had to choose one...
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