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“Don't miss this while in Oahu!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum
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$22.95*
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Bishop Museum General Admission
Ranked #15 of 321 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, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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“Don't miss this while in Oahu!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

This was the unexpected hit of our vacation. A very cool building chock full of newly and lovingly done exhibits. My family only wished we had made more time to spend here. Really helped us put the vacation into cultural perspective. The daily activities we awesome as well - again, would have needed more time to do them all, but my husband really enjoyed the presentation on the celestial navigation (wayfinding) of the oceanic peoples.

Visited April 2014
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“Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Anthropology and History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

I was expecting this to be a Pacific Islands Art Museum, and specifically went to see two art exhibits I had heard about. Neither were on display, however, I spent a full four hours here because they do an excellent, fascinating job documenting and bringing to life the story of the Pacific Island peoples from 30thousand years ago, tracing the journey the "original" settlers took my canoe, and sharing the various peoples' seafaring skills, techniques and technology, their crafts/arts and spoken song/word. I have always wondered how all these island peoples' were related, and how people in little canoes could spread as far as New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island. This museum leads the world in scholarly research to explain exactly this, and it turns out the original "polynesians" actually came from Taiwan. Who knew!

Visited April 2014
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Hope Island, Australia
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“Bishop Muesum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

The most important this to remember is that the Museum is closed every Tuesday.The museum is educational and interesting. I love museums. Just be aware that if your have any breathing problems , avoid the Science pavilion.. They have a demonstration of a volcano. but the fumes were too much for me.

Visited March 2014
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honolulu, hawaii
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“best hawaiian museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

best museum for hawaiian culture and history in the world! i highly recommend this museum. if you come to hawaii just for the beach and sunshine, i feel you'd be as a loss without coming here to understand the hawaiians.

Visited January 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“It's Here!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Don't have time to see and do it all? Come to the Bishop Museum. It is our "Smithsonian" of the Pacific. Hawaiian Culture, NASA, Volcanoes, You name it. Centrally located near Waikiki.

Visited April 2014
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