Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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  • Mattie vB
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom16 contributions
    As good as I'd hoped
    What a feat: a contemporary approach to collections, incredible artefacts, and a spectacular Victorian building that is a museumpiece itself. Don't wait for a rainy day to go; the Bishop is worth sacrificing a sunny day at the beach for. Great gift shop, with a better quality of goods, Hawaiian-made, than in downtown or Waikiki; spend your tourist dollars here--you'll get something more special and also support the museum. (Helpful hint: Kahala Aloha shirts are very attractively priced here, better than in their shop in Haleiwa.)
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 27, 2020
  • KonaBakerBoy
    Waikoloa, Hawaii10 contributions
    More than History
    The Bishop Museum offers stories about the discovery of Hawaii and history of Hawaii and usually has something more. On my last visit there was a special large exhibit on surfing that was extraordinary. Nice museum shop for unique presents, but cafe doesn't offer much. Definitely worth the time to visit.
    Visited January 2020
    Written February 19, 2020
  • Nacho Villoch
    Madrid, Spain121 contributions
    Polynesian Culture made easy and amusing
    There are no excuses for not being interested in the rich Hawaiian culture when visiting Hawaii. It is really worth leaving a beach morning in Waikiki for a visit to this interesting museum, in all likelihood the most complete about the ancient Polynesian navigating navigators and their art of finding islands across the Pacific. The planetarium and its presentations about stars and constellations is very educational, as well as the replicas of traditional boats such as the Hokuleá to understand the value and merit of these settlers of the sea, in their trips on the swell and the winds ... without compasses , GPS, or metal instruments. His mythology, his gods, cults and beliefs. Whenever I go to Honolulu, I make time for this visit to the Bishop who never lets me down. The life-size model of a sperm whale, a tiger tibutron, and other specimens of oceanic fauna will entertain the youngest visitors. The store also deserves a visit to buy rare books about Ku, Kane, Kama, Maui, Pelé ... and the respect of the gods of the ocean.
    Visited May 2019
    Written March 1, 2020
  • VeeLee4
    Arlington, Virginia145 contributions
    Do not miss this!
    We didn't have nearly enough time to see everything, but the Hawaii Hall, in the main part of the museum, is one of the most beautiful museum spaces I've seen. We had a wonderful docent tour, and the planetarium presentation about wayfinding by the stars was very interesting. We learned a lot.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 13, 2020
  • ITRT
    38,563 contributions
    Designated Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History
    A must stop for those interested, and even those who are not, in learning about the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. There are three buildings on the premises: Bishop’s Museum, Science Hall and a building housing a temporary Contemporary Art Exhibit. There is a planetarium requiring tickets (and additional cost for non-members). The Science Hall is geared towards kids with lots of interactive exhibits. The rich dark wood staircases add to the beauty of the interior. The Kahili room in the Hawaiian Hall was one of my favorites. The room displays the various types of Kahili (a long pole decorated at one end with feather plumes and used in ceremonies) along with portraits of the monarchy. You can also see King Kamehameha’s cape made of feathers. A floor is dedicated to the role of gods in Hawaiian life. Other exhibits include items from cultures such as Polynesia and Micronesia. One of the most unique and unforgettable items is the life-size replica of a sperm whale hanging from the ceiling of the Great Hall. It has skin on one side and a skeleton on the other side. Also hanging from the ceiling is a giant turtle, a stingray, and an outrigger canoe. One can spend an entire day in the main museum. Entrance is through the gift shop and parking is available. Something for everyone! Highly recommend.
    Visited March 2022
    Written March 21, 2022
  • al22tecc
    Philippines7,814 contributions
    main hall is the best
    The complex is subdivided into different buildings. To access one building to the next, one walks along the garden called the great lawn, except paki hall that houses the sports hall of fame. The sport hall of fame is the least impressive and can be skipped (its also the hardest to access). The main hall: hawaiian hall is the best one. It gives very detailed history into the hawaiian royalty and history. I also gave the planetarium show (extra fee) a miss although we did go inside the waiting area to look at the displays (plus a toilet break).
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 3, 2020
  • Margaret L
    Burlingame, California60 contributions
    Worth a visit
    The museum exhibits are spread across several buildings and include natural history, contemporary art, interactive games on the lawn, and a planetarium, so there is a lot to see and do. The natural history exhibits in the Hawaiian Hall are very "word-heavy" with lots of long explanations for artifacts, so younger children will make quick work of the artifacts while the adults are still plowing through all the signage that goes with them. Highlights include an exhibit on race versus culture, which begins with a history of how the concept of race was invented, applied to humans around the world, used in an attempt to identify the "perfect Hawaiian," and became the abhorrent practices of eugenics. Another highlight is the full-sized grass "hale" or house. Spend an hour in the Hawaiian Hall and you will almost certainly learn a word or two of Hawaiian.
    Visited June 2021
    Written June 21, 2021
  • Vesna M
    Zagreb, Croatia289 contributions
    Highly recommended
    The museum is a little off the beaten path in Honolulu, it's neither near Waikiki nor the historic center, and it takes forever to reach by bus, but it's really worth the effort. Lots of local history. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy everything it has to offer. Nice gift shop.
    Visited September 2019
    Written August 2, 2020
  • KarlaSp
    Istanbul, Türkiye72 contributions
    Amazing collection in a beautiful space!
    Through artifacts and pictures, re-creations, sea specimens and tools from indigenous people of the Pacific Islands, the museum tells the story of Hawaii. Housed in several buildings, including stately Romanesque building that serves as the main building, this setting for such an expansive and important collection lends additional gravitas to the importance of preserving this history. There are interactive elements for kids, and when we were there they had an exhibit on the history of surfing. Definitely worth the price of admission!
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 25, 2020
  • Juliette K
    5 contributions
    Interesting Museum
    This is a beautiful historic museum. The displays about Hawiian history were so interesting and beautifully done. There is a hand-on exhibit next to the historic building which is mainly for kids. There is also a science building that seems to be in disrepair or in transition. The price is kind of steep compared to other museums of this type on the mainland - but this is Hawaii so expect to pay a bit more. Plan on spending at least 2 two hours or more to savor all of the displays on all three floors of the historic buildings.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 17, 2023
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Mattie vB
Edinburgh, UK16 contributions
Jan 2020
What a feat: a contemporary approach to collections, incredible artefacts, and a spectacular Victorian building that is a museumpiece itself. Don't wait for a rainy day to go; the Bishop is worth sacrificing a sunny day at the beach for. Great gift shop, with a better quality of goods, Hawaiian-made, than in downtown or Waikiki; spend your tourist dollars here--you'll get something more special and also support the museum. (Helpful hint: Kahala Aloha shirts are very attractively priced here, better than in their shop in Haleiwa.)
Written January 27, 2020
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KonaBakerBoy
Waikoloa, HI10 contributions
Jan 2020
The Bishop Museum offers stories about the discovery of Hawaii and history of Hawaii and usually has something more. On my last visit there was a special large exhibit on surfing that was extraordinary. Nice museum shop for unique presents, but cafe doesn't offer much. Definitely worth the time to visit.
Written February 19, 2020
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Nacho Villoch
Madrid, Spain121 contributions
May 2019
There are no excuses for not being interested in the rich Hawaiian culture when visiting Hawaii. It is really worth leaving a beach morning in Waikiki for a visit to this interesting museum, in all likelihood the most complete about the ancient Polynesian navigating navigators and their art of finding islands across the Pacific. The planetarium and its presentations about stars and constellations is very educational, as well as the replicas of traditional boats such as the Hokuleá to understand the value and merit of these settlers of the sea, in their trips on the swell and the winds ... without compasses , GPS, or metal instruments. His mythology, his gods, cults and beliefs.
Whenever I go to Honolulu, I make time for this visit to the Bishop who never lets me down.
The life-size model of a sperm whale, a tiger tibutron, and other specimens of oceanic fauna will entertain the youngest visitors. The store also deserves a visit to buy rare books about Ku, Kane, Kama, Maui, Pelé ... and the respect of the gods of the ocean.
Written March 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

VeeLee4
Arlington, VA145 contributions
Jan 2020
We didn't have nearly enough time to see everything, but the Hawaii Hall, in the main part of the museum, is one of the most beautiful museum spaces I've seen. We had a wonderful docent tour, and the planetarium presentation about wayfinding by the stars was very interesting. We learned a lot.
Written January 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ITRT
Virginia38,563 contributions
Mar 2022
A must stop for those interested, and even those who are not, in learning about the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. There are three buildings on the premises: Bishop’s Museum, Science Hall and a building housing a temporary Contemporary Art Exhibit. There is a planetarium requiring tickets (and additional cost for non-members). The Science Hall is geared towards kids with lots of interactive exhibits. The rich dark wood staircases add to the beauty of the interior. The Kahili room in the Hawaiian Hall was one of my favorites. The room displays the various types of Kahili (a long pole decorated at one end with feather plumes and used in ceremonies) along with portraits of the monarchy. You can also see King Kamehameha’s cape made of feathers. A floor is dedicated to the role of gods in Hawaiian life. Other exhibits include items from cultures such as Polynesia and Micronesia. One of the most unique and unforgettable items is the life-size replica of a sperm whale hanging from the ceiling of the Great Hall. It has skin on one side and a skeleton on the other side. Also hanging from the ceiling is a giant turtle, a stingray, and an outrigger canoe. One can spend an entire day in the main museum. Entrance is through the gift shop and parking is available. Something for everyone! Highly recommend.
Written March 22, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

al22tecc
Philippines7,814 contributions
Dec 2019
The complex is subdivided into different buildings. To access one building to the next, one walks along the garden called the great lawn, except paki hall that houses the sports hall of fame. The sport hall of fame is the least impressive and can be skipped (its also the hardest to access).

The main hall: hawaiian hall is the best one. It gives very detailed history into the hawaiian royalty and history.

I also gave the planetarium show (extra fee) a miss although we did go inside the waiting area to look at the displays (plus a toilet break).
Written January 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Margaret L
Burlingame, CA60 contributions
Jun 2021
The museum exhibits are spread across several buildings and include natural history, contemporary art, interactive games on the lawn, and a planetarium, so there is a lot to see and do. The natural history exhibits in the Hawaiian Hall are very "word-heavy" with lots of long explanations for artifacts, so younger children will make quick work of the artifacts while the adults are still plowing through all the signage that goes with them. Highlights include an exhibit on race versus culture, which begins with a history of how the concept of race was invented, applied to humans around the world, used in an attempt to identify the "perfect Hawaiian," and became the abhorrent practices of eugenics. Another highlight is the full-sized grass "hale" or house. Spend an hour in the Hawaiian Hall and you will almost certainly learn a word or two of Hawaiian.
Written June 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vesna M
Zagreb, Croatia289 contributions
Sep 2019
The museum is a little off the beaten path in Honolulu, it's neither near Waikiki nor the historic center, and it takes forever to reach by bus, but it's really worth the effort. Lots of local history. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy everything it has to offer. Nice gift shop.
Written August 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KarlaSp
Istanbul, Türkiye72 contributions
Jan 2020
Through artifacts and pictures, re-creations, sea specimens and tools from indigenous people of the Pacific Islands, the museum tells the story of Hawaii. Housed in several buildings, including stately Romanesque building that serves as the main building, this setting for such an expansive and important collection lends additional gravitas to the importance of preserving this history. There are interactive elements for kids, and when we were there they had an exhibit on the history of surfing. Definitely worth the price of admission!
Written January 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Juliette K
5 contributions
Jan 2023
This is a beautiful historic museum. The displays about Hawiian history were so interesting and beautifully done. There is a hand-on exhibit next to the historic building which is mainly for kids. There is also a science building that seems to be in disrepair or in transition. The price is kind of steep compared to other museums of this type on the mainland - but this is Hawaii so expect to pay a bit more. Plan on spending at least 2 two hours or more to savor all of the displays on all three floors of the historic buildings.
Written January 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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