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Bishop Museum
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$24.95*
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Bishop Museum General Admission
Ranked #25 of 341 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This museum has a lot of information on Hawaiian history and culture. There are many docent led tours of about 25 minutes length. You need to give yourself a couple of hours, minimum. We didn't tour the children oriented sections, but what we saw of them appeared well done.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

showing melting lava to the kids was awesome; the planetarium show is also a must; easy museum for kids

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is the must-see attraction if you want some sense of what Hawaii was like before 1900. All of the treasures of the old Hawaiian royal families are collected here. There are also novelties like Duke Kahanamoku's surfboard. There are other exhibits (science, insects, etc), but these tend to be more underwhelming, especially for visitors from cities with larger museums.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

A great place for a better understanding of Polynesia in general and Hawaii in particular the exhibits are fantastic

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

If you've been to the mainland museums or european museums, you will be disappointed here. It's very small and not very exciting.

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