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Address: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
Phone Number: +1 808-847-3511
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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Amazing place to spend rainy day

Fantastic. Very happy with my visit. Great place for kids. Spent there all day. Not cheap though. ***********

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

Fantastic. Very happy with my visit. Great place for kids. Spent there all day. Not cheap though. ***********

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent exhibits. Great guides. Can spend as much or as little time as you have. We spent 5 hours and didn't cover it all. Lava flow demonstration, planetareum and museum guides were highlights.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful main hall with great artifacts of the old Hawaii and explanations of all of it---very informative. They also had a wonderful planetarium show and a really neat demonstration of lava flowing for kids of all ages. Nicely done!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is beautiful and houses a unique collection. The adults in the party enjoyed reading about the Hawaii cultural and history but the teenage boys were done in about 20 minutes. It was a little pricey for the 30-45 minutes we spent there. If you are able to read in depth it is worth it but with boys just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The artifacts in this museum are amazing. Do go to see it you learn so much about the history of Hawaii here it is fascinating. Worth taking the whole family children will love it also lots to touch and play with.

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty and history of this museum. It's not only historically interesting, but a wonderful love story and a testament to Mr. Bishop's devotion to Hawaiian culture.

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Coquille, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a cab to the Bishop Museum, although I did hear you can take the bus. The building is beautiful and well maintained. Full of Hawaiian artifacts. You could spend a day here. Allow yourself 3-4 hours minimum. While there is a snack bar on site, just a 5 minute walk away is a suburban shopping mall full of restaurants.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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