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Ranked #16 of 335 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Absolutely beautiful museum. The building itself is so architecturally stunning inside - one of the more unique places I've visited. As for the displays - there is so much to see. I spent hours there and I could have spent hours more. Great place to discover history of the area and culture.

Thank mayfair57
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

If you're in to finding all about Hawaiian culture, this the place. From the ancient polynesian voyagers to the modern day waikiki beach boys. The planetarium is very nice & informative telling how the ancient Polynesians, guided by the stars, found Hawaii. Loved it!

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

So this is a very informative museum on the history of Hawaii. It is quite a trek to get out to this museum though. If you have an afternoon where you don't know what to do with yourself, definitely go but otherwise don't bother. Not totally worth the trek in my opinion.

Thank Jvalliant
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Based on the reviews I read when I went to the Bishop Museum, I was expecting much, much more than what I found. You will learn something about the Hawaiian culture and the history of the Polynesia in general. Not many artifacts are in exhibition, though, of course, the royal family belongings and the big whale in the middle of the main pavilion are the most significant ones.

There are several buildings with different themes: the main one is related to the Polynesian and Pacific culture, where you can see some artifacts (with a terrible lighting) and a demonstration of hula, but not a dance, just like an lesson; another one is dedicated to the geology of Hawaii, with some explanations about the way they were formed, and a lava demonstration which is probably one of the best things of all visits here; you have also an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions (when we were there it was dedicated to the history of the guitar; some further comments to that, being from Spain, I cannot forgive the minimal mention of the Spanish guitar and Spain's influence of the guitar); then you also have a planetarium, which I could not see, but the exhibition around it, which is really poor.

In summary, the museum is worth it, yes, but I would not recommend it if you are in Oahu for 3 days or less. If you have kids it would be a nice idea to bring them here. And sorry for some reviewers, but no, this is not a "first class museum". I expected much more.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

this is a the best place to see and learn the history of hawaii. amazing artifacts and the museum is well maintained, exhibits rotate often, and the planetarium is delightful.

Thank Boo C
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