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Bishop Museum

Address: 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 808 847 3511
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Ranked #19 of 448 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This museum founded by banker Charles R. Bishop in 1889 is famous for...
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Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Wed - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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North of London
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163 reviews 163 reviews
45 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

....insight into Hawaiian culture and indeed Polynesia in general. A 30 minute bus ride from central Wiakiki at $2.50 each was well worth it. $8 (seniors) also good value. Restaurant closed for refurbishment but small shopping centre a 5 minute walk away. Shame that the gardens were not better kept.

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Gales Ferry, CT
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see and do here. It is a repository of eveything Hawaiian. Many artifacts, a storyteller performance and an amazing science presentation that included a lava flow. Allow plenty of time.

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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I am not usually into museums, but this one is special. The architecture of the building (inside) is really impressive. Several sections analyzing the native population and the interaction with the Europeans was interesting. The upper room in the back was especially interesting with the different booths for tracing the language and customs from other islands. A worthwhile experience

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Yuba City, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This museum has everything. Make sure you allow plenty of time to see everything. Lots of artifacts from the time Hawaii was ruled by kings. The new equipment they have in the planetarium was awesome. She knew her stuff about the night time sky over Hawaii. We also enjoyed the actual making of lava, very interesting! Museum is closed on... More 

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Florence, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Many buildings, an observatory, and garden plus a children's science center. The main museum is divided into floors that represent creation (floor one), everyday life (floor 2), the spiritual ( floor 3). Kamehame's feather robe is housed here. Suspended sea creatures, including a full sized whale and shark, fill ex center. Also in the center a full sized hut is... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 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 the land to sustain and beautify themselves.

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Honolulu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

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

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 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 alive at this museum and is a can't miss when visiting Honolulu

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 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.

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 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 extremely fascinating. Museum itself was fabulous. Many artifacts and information. A must see.

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