The newly-restored Hawaiian Hall features a 50-foot sperm whale suspended from the ceiling.




Bishop Museum is the premier place to experience the history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. The Museum is recognized throughout the world for its scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections which give voice to the stories of Hawaii and the broader Pacific.

There is something for everyone at Bishop Museum -- the five exhibit halls enlighten visitors of all ages!

  • Explore the traditions and culture of Hawaii in the newly-restored Hawaiian Hall - a state-of-the-art gallery featuring Hawaii's most treasured artifacts.
  • Experience the thrill of an erupting volcano and learn about Hawaii's geological and mythical origins in the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center.
  • View the world's finest collection of 18th and 19th century art from Hawaii in the Museum's Picture Gallery.
  • Explore the Hawaiian night sky and learn how the peoples of the Pacific navigated the ocean using only the stars.
  • Discover the natural wonders of Hawaii in the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center. See the world's only live HOT Lava pour!
  • Encounter world-class exhibitions from around the globe.
  • Participate in guided tours, story-telling, hula and more!

Four of the Museum’s original buildings, constructed between 1889 and 1900 of coarse lava rock, with interior surfaces of carved native koa wood, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Hawaiian Hall stands as an excellent example of 19th century exhibition design.

Bishop Museum offers regularly scheduled guided exhibit tours, Hawaiian music and hula shows, Planetarium shows, Native Hawaiian crafting and demonstrations, garden tours, and dramatic storytelling.

HOURS:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Tuesdays and Christmas) 

ADMISSION:  $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 4-12 years and $16.95 for seniors 65+. Children under 4 and Bishop Museum Members are FREE.  Discounts  for kamaaina (local residents) and members of the military, with valid identification. 

Museum admission includes:

Castle Memorial Building – An exhibition area for limited-engagement exhibits from around the world and a themed gallery of the treasured items of the personal collections of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.  Visit the museum's website for a list of upcoming, current and past exhibits.

Hawaiian Hall – Built from 1889 to 1903, this Victorian masterpiece was the first official Bishop Museum building.  In 2009, Hawaiian Hall reopened after undergoing an extensive award-winning restoration.  Its new offering of exhibits take you on exciting journeys using their personal keepsakes of royalty and other impressive artifacts such as feather capes, drums, ornamental helmets, and a 50-foot sperm whale.

 Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium - First opened in 1961, Bishop Museum's planetarium, offers daily sky shows, including morning educational programs, evening Japanese language programs, and special star shows such as the popular "Sky Tonight."  The lobby of the Planetarium is also the site of the newest Museum additions, "Science On A Sphere," a state-of-the-art educational tool designed to project images of the Earth and other planets, changing and historical weather patterns and other scientific data sets on a six-foot white fiberglass sphere.  

Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāhili Room – Honoring the cherished alii (monarchs), the room displays precious kāhili (feather standards) associated with them.

Pākī Hall – Housing the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, and the Bishop Museum Library and Archives.

Pacific Hall – Built in conjunction with Hawaiian Hall, this exhibit space tells the story of Pacific migration, examining the connections between the ancient sea-faring people of Oceania.

Mamiya Science Adventure Center – Explore Hawaii’s natural environment through hands-on, interactive exhibits found nowhere else on earth!  Discover more about the volcanology, oceanography, and biodiversity of Hawaii and the Pacificin this three-floor gallery.  See lava melt, control deep-sea submersibles and slide down a lava tube.

The Library – One of the most extensive collections concerned with Hawaii and the Pacific.  Holdings include books, periodicals, newspapers and special collections.  Open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Archives  – Featuring extensive studies done by Museum staff in the Pacific Basin. Included in the department's holding are collections of manuscripts, photographs, artwork, oral histories, commercial sound recordings and maps.  Open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.

LOCATION:  1525 Bernice St. in Honolulu, HI  96817

PHONE:   (808) 847-3511