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Bishop Museum

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Address: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
Phone Number:
+1 808-847-3511
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 his...

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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Rainy day in Waikiki

Easy Route 2 bus trip from Waikiki with the wet weather set in for the day. Better than expected with lots of history, interactive science exhibits and memorabilia. Kept us all... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy Route 2 bus trip from Waikiki with the wet weather set in for the day. Better than expected with lots of history, interactive science exhibits and memorabilia. Kept us all interested for 2.5 hrs but could have stayed longer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's not a large museum, but some exhibits are quite attractive. For example, there is a natural heart-shape shell in it. If you love culture, you don't wanna miss it.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you have an interest in the Polynesian culture you must visit this museum. The building it's self is beautiful. The interior was very well done, lots of dark wood. I even think children would enjoy seeing there lovely exhibits. You see how amazing these people were, smart, artist and happy. You can also take public transportation to it, from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful eclectic collection and terrific setting. We toured the primary collection and we sorry to miss the gardens and planetarium. We need to plan more time in advance next time.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We caught the bus here from Waikiki and spent several hours looking around. If you are at all interested in the history of Hawaii you will love it.nthere is also a nice cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We learned a lot about the people of Hawaii and the changes to the island throughout the centuries. The showcases are easy to navigate, allowing you to focus on what interests you. Everything interested us!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

of Hawaii and Micronesia, which will enrich your understanding and enjoyment of your time on Oahu. It's beautifull presented, has a planetarium program as part of the exhibits, includes ocean information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite a large site, and took a little while on the bus to shoot out here from Waikiki but not too far. Once we got here though, loved it! Came with young kids, so had to move through the awesome Pacific historical building a bit more quickly than I would have liked. It was amazing to adventure through the founding... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice museum on everything Pacific related. Very clean and well maintained, the area with the hanging whale and different historical Hawaii displays was beautiful. This is a great stop for a rainy day and there are exhibits for the kids as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time that I got to experience this museum after repeated visits to the Island. Very well kept and extremely informative not on with respects to Hawaii, but with respect to all of the Pacific. Lots to see and experience here.

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