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“Full view of Polynesia!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
808 847 3511
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Ranked #12 of 121 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: History Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks
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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
San Diego, California
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“Full view of Polynesia!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you are interested in Polynesia history and culture, this should be your first stop. On our return from Australia/New Zealand, my friend and I decided to spend the day at the Bishop Museum. We were not disappointed. The collection of not just Hawaiian art, artifacts and culture are there, but a wonderful visual history of the Polynesian people. The display of ceremonial items and feather cloaks worn by the various kings is absolutely breathtaking. We also enjoyed the paintings, jewelry and statuary. The highlight was a storyteller in the auditorium. He later gave a brief history of the hula dance. It was so interesting and informative. The museum is located in a residential neighborhood with parking. It also has a nice gift shop and Café. We can't wait to return.

Visited March 2014
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This museum is packed with history and great for the entire family. love the planetarium. take a full day

Visited June 2014
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Solana Beach, California
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“Give yourself lots of time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I visited while in HI on a business trip and wish I'd had more than the two hours allocated to see everything. So much to learn about the history and culture of Hawaii and beyond. The museum/grounds are themselves very attractive and the organization of the museum (different time periods on different floors of the main building) provides a nice "journey" through history.

Visited May 2014
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New Jersey
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“The Bishop Museum is as wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

as it was when I was a child. The museum building is made of lava rocks and is gorgeous. The exhibits are very interesting, well displayed and in excellent condition. This is a must for anyone interested in the history and culture of the Hawaiian islands and culture. Kids would enjoy this too as they have many offerings to keep them entertained like the planetarium.

Visited July 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Short visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I made an unplanned visit here during a rainstorm. I enjoyed what I saw but probably would have appreciated it more with a little preparation -- there is so much to see. Great place to go for Hawaiian history and culture.

Visited May 2014
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