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Bishop Museum

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Address: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
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
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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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Lovely museum

A small but interesting museum. Took in the lave demonstration and the planetarium show as well as a brief talk in Bishop's Hall. Very interesting

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A small but interesting museum. Took in the lave demonstration and the planetarium show as well as a brief talk in Bishop's Hall. Very interesting

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of those places you will not absorb all that is offered in a single trip. Let your first visit whet your appetite for further more in depth trips. My wife enjoyed seeing a window into the life of the early Hawaiians--how they lived, played and prayed. There are plenty of enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents eager to help... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful museum, and I loved learning about Polynesia and the different customs and creation stories. Because of the temporary exhibit about Kahilis, some of the exhibits were providing duplicate information, but it was interesting to learn about the royal succession. Definitely an afternoon well spent!

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Montreal, Quebec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum has many historical information about the state of Hawaii and those information helped us understand the evolution of Hawaii.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Hawaii is full of a rich and vibrant history and living culture that most visitors never see. Take the time to learn about the Kingdom that was overthrown for the joy of current wakiki beach goers.

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Pflugerville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A former residence of Hawaiian royalty was converted to an excellent museum. For a first time visitor like myself this was a good introduction to Polynesian cultures. It had hands on displays, a planetarium, a three story hall devoted to Polynesian cultures, a native plant garden, and a science hall with ocean and volcano themes. Allow at least two hours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed seeing the various historical items with detailed descriptions. Most intriguing is the newest addition of Kalaniopuu's cloak and helmet back in Hawaii "on loan" from New Zealand. Touring the museum took nearly 3 hours (a lot of reading). You can shorten that time if you reduce how much you read about each item. Nicely laid out....only suggestion would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't know why I haven't visited before. My main purpose was to see the cape and helmet gifted to Captain Cook in 1779. Spent almost three hours in Hawaiian Hall, absolutely fabulous. Amazing exhibits and artifacts. Beautifully laid out, telling an easy path through history to follow. Will go again on my next visit to Honolulu..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If it were an empty building it would be worth seeing. The layout, architecture and woodwork are spectacular. Our visit wa short, but we saw the feather capes and headpieces we came in for, and so much more. Wish we'd scheduled more time in our rush-rush day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum on a whim while visiting Honolulu and we feel it may have been the best thing we did. The exhibits and information gave us an understanding of Polynesia that helped put our visit in perspective. We typically aren't museum people so that says a great deal. The exhibits are so interesting, engaging and eye-catching. I would... More 

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