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Address: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
Phone Number: +1 808-847-3511
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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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great for a day trip

great place to take friends, they bring in different shows over the year so going back again and again and there will always be something new

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great place to take friends, they bring in different shows over the year so going back again and again and there will always be something new

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Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was surprised with this museum. I don't know what I was expecting, the Bishop did not sound very Hawai'ian and I had the impression it would be something small and quaint. The museum was amazing, it was massive, we spent several hours and did not come anywhere close to seeing it all. The main hall was massive and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The main hall has 3 levels starting on the lower level with the idols and beliefs of the ancient Hawaiians. The upper levels show later times up through the missionary period. The Planetarium has some included shows and some shows with additional cost. We went to a show that was included in regular admission. It was informative. Another building has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great museum of Hawaiian culture and art. It consists of several buildings, but the main museum does a great job in displaying their exhibits. In addition, it features a planetarium with interesting and appropriate lectures. A good way to spend several hours.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Hawaii is a very culturally rich place. The museum has a lot of artifacts to view and learn more about. There is also a planetarium there with an informative show. I didn't know what to expect when I pulled up because it is in a residential area but it was a nice experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent several hours in the museum, listened to a tour about history of the pacific, a tour about Hawaiian history, an interactive star navigation presentation and a lava pouring demonstration. And in addition to that there's a large display of interesting natural and history items and many interactive installations for kids.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bishop Museum is a must see if you are interested in the culture and history of not only Hawaii, but all the islands that make up Oceania. The museum itself is a beautiful facility and the artifacts are incredible. The Bishop is a little out of the way, however it is well worth the effort to find.

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Airdrie, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely need at least a day. Great way to lean about the history of the islands and lots of interactive exhibits for kids all ages. My 9 year old daughter and I had a great time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An overcast day lead to a visit to the museum. Catch the 2 bus from Waikiki. Plenty to see at the museum. Make sure that you see the show at the planetarium and science center on volcanoes. Worth the visit. Allow at least three to four hours. Aloha.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bishop Museum was very nice. We went into the Hawaiian history building. It was very interesting to read about the King Kamehameha and his successors and the queen and princes and princess, etc. It was also interesting to read about the Hawaiian culture (although I was quite bothered with all the idols they worshiped and still do today, as... More 

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