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Bishop Museum

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Address: 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
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
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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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Interesting place to visit

Talks were very valuable but if you are someone who likes museums we needed more time. Planetarium was very interesting and informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Talks were very valuable but if you are someone who likes museums we needed more time. Planetarium was very interesting and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Part of our tour was a lunch, then we either were able to walk about the campus and see what we want or follow along on a schedule. Learned a bit about Lava Flow, the travelers of Oceania, then to the Planetarium to hear about the Hokulea. Needed more time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed my visit to the museum. I went with my husband and daughter during a ymca event. It was free and there was some games for kids outside the museum. The museum was very informative. Learned a lot about the hawaiian culture. A must for the family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed this museum which gave a fascinating insight to the history of the early Hawaiians . Seeing the beautiful feathered cloaks of the kings was a highlight.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had visited the Bishop museum over 20 years ago, and it has changed substantially from my memory. The biggest change, and it is not for the good, is that the focus now seems to be on presentation rather than artifacts. I remember many more artifacts on my previous visit. Now it seems to focus on the presentation and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Bishop museum is a combination museum of natural history, anthropology, and the human history of Hawaii and the Pacific islands. The collection and curation are world class -- and I say this as someone who grew up visiting the Museum of Natural History in NYC. What I got from the Bishop Museum, above all, was a better sense for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The docent & th displays were very informative. We came out having a better appreciation of the people & their history & culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with our kids (13,10) and the entire family loved it. We did the planetarium show, main building with Hawaiian history, a special exhibit on sharks and the science center. Our 19 year old son loved the lava demonstration. Be certain to get to the show theater at least 10 min before the show as it has limited seating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Use the online version of this museum in school so made it a must visit whilst in Honolulu. Caught Uber from Waikiki $18. Must vist museum. Buildings contain rich history and artefacts but also the woodwork in the buildings is amazing. For anyone interested in Polynesia and the expansion across the Pacific this is a must visit.

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Medicine Hat, Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed everything with the exception of the Science Centre...the displays were rather poorly constructed and uninteresting.

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