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Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
808 847 3511
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Ranked #11 of 164 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This museum founded by banker Charles R. Bishop in 1889 is famous for its Polynesian artifacts.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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95 reviews 95 reviews
41 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

A great museum to learn about the history of Hawaii. The planetarium was the highlight of our visit and the explanation of traditional navigational techniques. A full afternoon of learning and loads of fun.

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Los Angeles, California
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18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Well worth your time. Very impressive array of historical and cultural items in a gorgeous facility. This can be a nice experience for children, teens and all family members. The museum contains many remarkable bits of Hawaiian history such as feathered capes worn by the chiefs and monarch. The hula demonstration is not to be missed. Its not a performance,... More

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Weems, Virginia
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We tagged this on at the end of our trip and wish we had allowed more time. Just amazing. Floor after floor of Hawaiian culture, industry and history. You will be amazed at the depth and breath of information. I think many folks are put off by the $14.75 entrance fee for non residents but it is worth it. would... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I've been going to the Bishop Museum since I was a child and each visit I'm still impressed with the exhibits. The collection they have is out of this world and it perfectly honors Polynesia. So please step out of Waikik and visit the Bishop Museum to enjoy their outstanding display.

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Melbourne, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

What a fine day at the Museum. There are all types of discounts on the tickets, just ask at the gate. Once inside you can spend quality hours at your own pace or with guided tours seeing what a family has done to save the history of Oahu. A lesson can be learned how people can give back and so... More

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Pasadena, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

An unusual mix of the 19th and 2oth centuries, the Bishop Museum offers an amazing collection of Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts and cultural items: a trip here is a wonderful way to add depth to your experience of the Hawaiian islands. Offering impressive exhibits of Hawaiian myth and religious practices, everyday crafts and foods, and modern Hawaiian life, it is... More

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Victoria, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The Bishop Museum has several attractions for all ages and even a planetarium but we went only to see the Hawaiian Hall, skipping the planetarium, exhibit on roller coasters, interactive science exhibit. We were greeted in the foyer by a docent , asked a question and fell into a 10 minute discussion - we mostly listened - introducing us to... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The Bishop Museum is oddly curated (dates of donation, rather than date of object often shown, objects from 1800s placed next to objects created within the last decade) but the artifacts are one-of-a-kind, especially the Kamehameha artifacts. Don't miss the Kahili room! The building itself is also rather lovely.

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Melbourne, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I never thought I would find a place that covered my two loves: history and rollercoasters. The main building has been restored and is spectacular. Get there for the 10 am introduction. There are regular tours and the performances are great. The people leading the tours are a lovely mixture of knowledgable and welcoming. Currently there is also a rollercoasters... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

The Bishop Museum has so many wonderful displays of Hawaiian life many years ago. All of the Royalty capes and headdresses are awesome!

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