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“Full view of Polynesia!”
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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: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Full view of Polynesia!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you are interested in Polynesia history and culture, this should be your first stop. On our return from Australia/New Zealand, my friend and I decided to spend the day at the Bishop Museum. We were not disappointed. The collection of not just Hawaiian art, artifacts and culture are there, but a wonderful visual history of the Polynesian people. The display of ceremonial items and feather cloaks worn by the various kings is absolutely breathtaking. We also enjoyed the paintings, jewelry and statuary. The highlight was a storyteller in the auditorium. He later gave a brief history of the hula dance. It was so interesting and informative. The museum is located in a residential neighborhood with parking. It also has a nice gift shop and Café. We can't wait to return.

Visited March 2014
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2014

This museum is packed with history and great for the entire family. love the planetarium. take a full day

Visited June 2014
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Solana Beach, California
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“Give yourself lots of time”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

I visited while in HI on a business trip and wish I'd had more than the two hours allocated to see everything. So much to learn about the history and culture of Hawaii and beyond. The museum/grounds are themselves very attractive and the organization of the museum (different time periods on different floors of the main building) provides a nice "journey" through history.

Visited May 2014
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New Jersey
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The Bishop Museum is as wonderful”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

as it was when I was a child. The museum building is made of lava rocks and is gorgeous. The exhibits are very interesting, well displayed and in excellent condition. This is a must for anyone interested in the history and culture of the Hawaiian islands and culture. Kids would enjoy this too as they have many offerings to keep them entertained like the planetarium.

Visited July 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Short visit”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

I made an unplanned visit here during a rainstorm. I enjoyed what I saw but probably would have appreciated it more with a little preparation -- there is so much to see. Great place to go for Hawaiian history and culture.

Visited May 2014
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