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“Good Overview of Hawaiian History and Culture”
Review of Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum
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US$24.95*
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Bishop Museum General Admission
Ranked #27 of 340 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 12 November 2013

We had not been to Hawaii so had scheduled a 4 island tour. Oahu was the first island so I wanted to find a place to learn more about the history and culture of Hawaii. I read the reviews here on Trip Advisor and was glad to have set this on the itinerary. We got a very thorough view of not only the history of Hawaii but also the migration history of all of Polynesia. It was interesting to see how they travelled, what they took with them, and how the cultures evolved as the people hopped from island to island across the Pacific. In addition, the history of Hawaii is laid out very well and gave us a good understanding of what we would see in the next 2 weeks and how to put all of that in context. We also saw the lava demo which was done well, especially for the kids in the audience. Also the restaurant was good.

Thank Papabuck49
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

The museum was enjoyable enough. Our 8 year-old enjoyed the Lego exhibition and the science center and the large whale. We enjoyed the old building with all the wood inside. We didn't get much chance to read all the history as our daughter wanted to go after she had seen the interactive parts.

Was Ok for a visit but not something we would necessarily return to.

Thank NeverInOnePlace
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

You would never know this beautiful museum is nestled so close to the H1. We have known about this museum since out first trip and finally was able to visit on our third trip. The main building looks like a castle and houses a three story exhibit ranging from a small scale heiau and rebuilt hale on the first floor to maritime exhibits on the second to a history of Hawaii on the third. There is a full-scale whale that hangs over you from the ceiling. A koa staircase greets you upon entering the building. When we were there, they had an exhibit for the South Pacific. The building next door was skipped as it housed the special feature of the month -- Legos, which was of no interested to us. However, we did go to the Science Center, which was not very science-y, much to our disappointment. We returned to the Planetarium, but did not stay for the show. The gift shop had enough trinkets to purchase (which we did). Overall, it was a very good visit -- well worth visiting!!

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

The lava rock buildings and the interiors of carved koa wood are quite impressive in their own right - beautiful. The exhibits and story boards are so informative and nicely done but if you can catch some of the scheduled demonstrations and/or narrated tours it is a fantastic experience. I happened to be in the museum for demo about music and dance - a talk about the royal families and their reign - a show in the planetarium. The science center would be a great place for kids to explore - just a wonderful experience for the money.

Thank TNGal08
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We had been told about the Bishop Museum by a friend and chose to visit when some other attractions were not open. We are so glad we went (and we arrived from our beach hotel in a fabulous superstretch white limo -- the next "car" in the line 'grin' ). We toured the Hawaiian culture exhibits, saw a show in the planetarium that helped us star gaze all Hawaiian vacation, enjoyed the lava melt demonstration and the lego traveling show and just had a fun day with the families of Honolulu. I would highly suggest a taxi out to the museum -- didn't seem close to bus stop nor easy to find -- they called a taxi for us for return trip (about $20 each way?). Excellent gift shop and a small restaurant. Very Friendly and informative staff and volunteers.

Thank Bowiememe
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