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Address: 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 18088473511
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of...

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.

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Alot of history to be explored here!

There are many historical artifacts and exhibits here. You can learn much about the history of the Hawaiian islands. They also have a science center that is interractive that the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are many historical artifacts and exhibits here. You can learn much about the history of the Hawaiian islands. They also have a science center that is interractive that the kids and adults can enjoy. They have a "wearable art" exhibit that was really unique and interesting. I believe it will be here for a couple more months. We did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is so much to see at the Bishop Museum. It contains the story of Hawaii from pre-contact to the glories of the Kingdom and then statehood. The building itself is beautiful and the artifacts are amazing. The tours are very informative. There is a museum gift shop and a full-blown restaurant on the property. It is a bit expensive,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take EVERY guided presentation, demonstration and planetarium presentation offered while you are there. And they happen all day long. Just browsing the exhibits on your own is not nearly as engaging. This is a great museum.

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Shell Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bishop Museum, well located in Honolulu, Hawaii, is filled with artifacts that tells the story of the discovery of Hawaii and its inhabitants, including those from America. Wonderful place to visit while in Honolulu

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the one museum to visit in Honolulu that gives one the history of the islands, the source of the ethnic diversity, the struggles for commanding the islands and the artworks produced. Excellent exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum has something for everyone...Hawaiin culture and history, a planetarium, volcano exhibit, interactive displays and presentations, beautiful grounds, a small restaurant with local food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Museum Is Amazing! Take Your Time and Go Slow. Has A Great Planetarium and Much History About The Hawaiian and Pacific Islands.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great Museum to learn about Hawaiian culture and history. There is a wonderful planetarium running shows on how the Hawaiians view the night sky and our tour guide taught us how to navigate using the stars. There are beautiful replicas and exhibits of ancient villages, canoes, tool, weapons etc. The garden is a night place to sit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum grounds are larger than you would think from the outside. The exhibits are well done overall. Probably great to do with children and nice for visiting family to get an idea regarding Hawaiian history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bishop Museum is in several buildings. The exhibits were interesting and we had an enjoyable afternoon.

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