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Bishop Museum, Honolulu

4.6
#3 of 100 in Museums in Hawaii
Home to the largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts, Bishop Museum was founded in memory of the Charles Reed Bishop's wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last heir of the Kamehameha dynasty. Most of the original building was used as a school for indigenous boys. When the school moved, the museum expanded. In addition to the permanent collection, traveling exhibits move through the Castle Memorial building, and science exhibits are housed inside the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center. To visit Bishop Museum on your holiday in Honolulu, and find out what else Honolulu has to offer, use our Honolulu online sightseeing planner .
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  • Really enjoyed my visit to the Bishops museum. On my last visit to HI I met a woman at the pool at our hotel who lived her entire life in Oahu. She told us that the Bishops museum should be our first ...  more »
  • Like someone else wrote, Pacific Smithsonian. Excellent history of the Hawaiian people, so much to see, allow at least a couple of hours. The exhibits are displayed with great detail. They do offer a ...  more »
  • Incredible museum. Spent three hours there. Still need to go back because I didn’t see everything I wanted to. Fabulous history of Hawaii and Oceana. Lots of dynamite artifacts. Kids would love it als...  more »
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  • This place is an amazing place for Hawaiian history! My friend and I spent 3.5 hours just in the Hawaiian building. They close at 5 so plan accordingly, there is also a cafe on the museum grounds however I haven't eaten there, so I don't know if its any good. They also host some really cool videos and rotating exhibits. The science building is really fun, geared towards kids and the visiting dinosaur exhibit is also geared towards kids but also really fun for the adult dino lover. Don't forget to say hi to the whale that has been here since 1901!
  • If you've ever wanted to know and learn the history of these beautiful Hawaiian islands then this is the perfect only place to visit You'll love it....don't take my word for it....visit and see for yourself. but allow yourself plenty of time (at least 2 hours) because there is so much amazing history and things to see and is perfect for all ages of the family, believe me, it'll keep your little ones entertained for sure. Has plenty of disabled access too with great helpful staff. I highly recommend Bishop Museum on your things to do list.
  • This is the second time we purchased an annual membership here. It's a really great place for the kids, interactive and educational. We did run into a little bit of an issue yesterday. First day of Spring Break and it was PACKED! No parking, had to park on the street. Line was SUPER long. A fortunate miscommunication, I thought they said members could go in through another line, but it was specifically for PATRON status members. Thankfully, they did not send us back to the line, but it took a while till they could figure it out. Not sure if they just didn't anticipate the crowd, but it was kind of a fiasco. Through it all, staff stayed calm and professional.
  • We had an incredible time here and would highly recommend. We spent 3 hours here but easily could have spent a whole day. We watched the lava demo in the science part of the museum then went on a guided tour of Hawaiian hall. This museum was established by someone in the Hawaiian family that wanted to educate people about Hawaiian culture and history. The displays were amazingly well done and the curators were eager to answer any questions. This museum would be great to bring kids too. It was like an arts and culture museum mixed with a science and planetarium. On my next trip to Oahu I would definitely be visiting here again.
  • There's no place else you can go to in Hawaii that has a concentration of Hawaiian artifacts like this place has. Lots there on the true history of Hawaii and they do a great job hosting interesting collections. There's also the planetarium which melds Hawaiian and western knowledge of the night sky. If you've got kids, their discovery center is perfect for elementary school level children.
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