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Bishop Museum
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Ranked #15 of 328 things to do in Honolulu
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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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Somers, New York
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“best museum”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

the bishop museum is a must see in honolulu. we come back every year and look forward to the exhibits which always offer new items and great insight into Hawaiian history and culture. Definitely a favorite.

Visited February 2014
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Melville, New York
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“Planetarium is great!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We walked around the whole museum and our favorite part was definitely the planetarium. Getting to see all the stars and we don't normally see in the northern hemisphere was really cool and we were able to use the information we learned to stargaze later on the beach. Totally worthwhile!

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Wish we had more time!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Wish we had allocated more time to visit this museum. It is situated in beautiful old buildings which we would love to have explored further. Covers Hawaiian history and so much more. Need at least 4 hours to see it all. Well worth the trip on the local bus from Waikiki, which goes via Honolulu city and Chinatown.

Visited May 2014
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Ojai, California
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“The Place to Learn About Hawaiian Culture”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Bishop Museum is a fact filled depository of Hawaiian culture and history. Supposedly it is the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in the world. It is also a collection of a few beautiful buildings who’s architecture will add to the enjoyment of most visitors. It is open from 9 to 5 most days, has free parking, a snack bar and an ample gift shop.

The Hawaiian Hall Complex is a beautiful structure of three floors and consists of important artifacts of Hawaiian Life. Within the last few years the building was refurbished and is something to see. If you are very limited on time the Pacific Hall and Hawaiian Hall in the Hawaiian Hall Complex is where you should start.

There is also a planetarium and a Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center. There are three floors of interactive exhibits explaining Hawaii's unique natural environment. The programs in these two buildings were less interesting and in my opinion a little amateurish including the Hot Spot Theater that details volcanos.

There are docent programs that run every 1/2 hour for about 25 minutes each. Taking advantage of these programs is the best way to get acquainted with the museum and then to explore on your own. You need at the minimum 2 to 3 hours but could easily spend the better part of a day.

Visited May 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Beautiful Renovation”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Bishop Museum has undergone extensive renovation and is spectacular. You are given not only a history of Hawaii but learn how the South Pacific migration progressed. Not to be missed is the Planetarium show narrated by Joanne who is passionate about the night sky and really knows her stuff. It is a shame that many visitors don't know about this fantastic museum.

Visited May 2014
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