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Address: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2704
Phone Number: 18088473511
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

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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An incredible collection of artifacts and comprehensive information about the history and cultures of HI - AND the South Pacific/Oceania. Fascinating! We found it a LOT to try and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An incredible collection of artifacts and comprehensive information about the history and cultures of HI - AND the South Pacific/Oceania. Fascinating! We found it a LOT to try and absorb in an afternoon visit, as is often the case in many good museums. I enjoyed the visit, but the layout is slightly confusing. I would suggest that the museum staff... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great museum for Hawaiian history and culture, and for Pacific Islands history, culture, and art. Planetarium has some good shows. Kids revolving exhibits are fun. Admission is pricey, but worth it for history aficionados.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This beautiful and well-designed museum should be the first stop on any visitor's itinerary. The exhibits are well designed, with activities for kids inserted throughout, and understanding a bit about the cultural, historical, and geographical significance of the islands will enrich the rest of your visit. It was an excellent visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited at the recommendation of friends. It is a beautiful museum, well curated with lots to see for people of all ages. We took a tour with a docent and found that inspiring. Allow plenty of time because there is a lot to see.

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Chuluota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our favorite part was the Hawaii history especially all the royal families. I was shocked to find out that the US Actually illegally annex Hawaii. It was also nice to learn that Hawaii is so culturally diverse and that it was settled by Polynesians traveling in open boats hundreds of miles across the Pacific.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The planetarium show on navigating by the stars was interesting and the presenter clearly knew her stuff, it was just a bit confusing for a newbie. What I really went to see, though, were the feathered kahili, capes, and helmets of the warrior chiefs and kings. Such amazing handiwork and skill! I read recently that the cape and helmet gifted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the museum in 1996 and loved it especially the stories, photos and artefacts about the Hawaiian royal family. I wanted to spend more time at the museum this time and thorouhly enjoyed our visit. It's a fabulous museum and has excellent information about the Pacific countries - the sea journeys and boats, cultural practises,language,art, tattooing. The artefacts are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really like this museum!!! I remembered it from a old episode of Hawaii five-o. The funny thing is that some 45 years later the museum looks the same. we stayed for quite awhile enjoying all the displays and it was well worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I am not as big a fan of museums as my lovely wife however this is one of the best I have seen. It is incredibly informative and the displays are amazing. Even if you are not a fan of museums you should not miss Bishop Museum in Honolulu !!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautifully curated museum provides a view of Hawaiian history and development. The primary museum building was a gorgeous building with warm wooden interiors and several floors of art and artifacts on display.

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