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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
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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Bishop Museum - It's Ok

The main museum has three levels devoted to Hawaiian primitive cultural artifacts, spears, hand-made rope and hats, huts, canoes, clothing, bowls and pots and lots and lots of... read more

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4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The main museum has three levels devoted to Hawaiian primitive cultural artifacts, spears, hand-made rope and hats, huts, canoes, clothing, bowls and pots and lots and lots of pagan deities. Not much here for young children, unless they are of Polynesian ancestry, otherwise probably they would be bored. For Christians' a teaching moment at the stone and wood idols scattered... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the video about Charles Bishop and his wife, who was a descended from Hawaiian royalty. I would advise watching this early on. The main part of the museum itself is beautiful, but very much Victorian, with rich dark wood and glass enclosed shelves on 4 floors. There is also a shark exhibit (no actual sharks), a quite small... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great museum; too much to see in one visit. The newly renovated Hawaiian Hall contains not just a wealth of artifacts, but detailed and informative description giving them context.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First of all they want to charge you $5 for the car parking. After comes the entry fee. This has to be one of the most expensive museum in the world. You can see the history of the royal familly for free at the Iolani palace. As for the rest interresting but nothing to justifie the fee. TOURISTS BEWARE

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was worth the $22 entrance fee, as once inside all areas are covered, unlike most places we have been to recently. There is enough to fill your entire day here, from opening to closing time. This is a classy place, it begins with a nice gift shop and then have a variety of attractions including the main museum, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best to pick what you want to see, if you are there for Hawaiian history or Pacific history, these are presented at different times so be sure to view the schedule

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a delight! First, the restored original museum building (from the 1890s) is in itself the single most lovely museum building I've seen. (And, yes, that includes New York and Paris.) Allow at least three hours to take in discrete sections on Hawaiian history and culture, art, sharks, volcanoes, and a planetarium! It's easy to get to and there's plenty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Anybody who wants to know the history of Hawaii and the people who live on these island must go there! Kids will like it too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Anyone who is interested in exploring and understanding the Hawaiian culture should make an attempt at visiting this museum. This Bishop's have done much preserving the cultural aspects of the Hawaiian culture and artifacts. The docent was also very well informed and up-to-date. A great learning experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best part was the staff we spoke to, Bill, who was so willing to answer our questions about the Polynesian navigation and so knowledgeable. We learned so much about how the Polynesians came from the Marquesas and Tahiti, the different groups, their rituals, story of captain cook, and that there are current descendants of the Royal Family. Gave us... More 

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