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Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
808 847 3511
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Ranked #11 of 160 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums, Gardens
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description:             Bishop Museum is the premier place to experience the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. The Museum is recognized... more »
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albuquerque
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109 reviews 109 reviews
59 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I had a notion that it would be much bigger, but still enjoyed the visit. It is quite a bus ride (about 1 hour each way on bus #2, so maybe not for someone with limited time), has plenty of parking however. I really liked how the building was renovated to fit the royal family collection, but I felt a... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Firstly, I made my own way here on the bus, which at first seemed confusing, but was actually surprisingly simple from downtown Honolulu, so should not prevent anybody from getting here! Every member of staff was friendly and helpful. It feels very personable and small, in terms of atmosphere at the museum, and typical of Hawaiian culture in general. Set... More

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Seattle, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful museum! Shoot, the woodwork alone in this museum is worth going to see - just stunning. All the artifacts, portraits, etc. are all wonderfully displayed. Three floors of very interesting, beautiful, often haunting history.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The best cultural place in Honolulu is this museum where you can find lots of information of the cultural living of the country. The main mansion is composed of 4 floors full of history. There are 2 other buildings where you can find a Lego World and a big fiction vulcano in which you'll get a good explanation of how... More

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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I spent about 4 hours here. There are five halls of history of the hawaiian islands and more. There is also a planiterium with various shows for all ages.

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Colorado, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Spent about 2 hours. Was interesting to read the transition from Hawaiian small tribes, to a united Hawaiian Kingdom, and then the intrigue which led to overthrow of the monarchy and joining the US. Ocean Navigation presentation was fun.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Bishop Museum is a must-see. They offer a free guided tour, if you wish. 4 amazing floors of the history and culture of Hawaii from its earliest days. Artifacts have been gathered from all Hawaiian and other Asian islands. A thatched hut in the middle of the floor, interactive musical instruments, the myths of the island revealed, displays of... More

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Spokane, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We go every year to the Bishop Museum and are always in awe of the history of the Hawaiian Islands and the surrounding Pacific area. There really is so much to see and do. We love the interactive building with the displays and if you have children they will find this fun and interesting without being tedious. The main building... More

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Ocean Park, Maine
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is a huge museum with at least 4 big buildings. One is a planatarium with a great host. There were constant shows in theatre and very interesting. When exploring the main museum building, a gentleman was teaching young kids about the history of the place. He came down to their level and held their attention. We had a tour... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The Bishop Museum is the absolute BEST place to gain insight into the cultural and natural history of the Hawaiian Islands and Polynesia and Micronesia as well. I hadn't been there in 15 or more years and found the museum much improved and far better than what I had remembered. NOT TO BE MISSED, unless all you want from a... More

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