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Bishop Museum

Spending a few hours in Hawaii's largest museum is one of the best ways to really get to know America's 50th state. Highlights include exhibits on Polynesian culture, 22 million specimens of animal and plant life and an "active" volcano display.
  • Adult gate price $19.95
  • Child gate price $14.95
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Discover the natural and cultural history of Hawaii at the Bishop Museum. The museum was founded in 1898 as a place to display the family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. Today the museum is the premier cultural and natural history museums in the Pacific, with an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions and daily interactive programs.

Explore Hawaiian Hall, renovated in 2009, where the three floors correspond to the physical and spiritual realms of the Hawaiian people: Kai Äkea, the wide expanse of the sea; Wao Känaka, the realm of man; and Wao Lani, the heavenly realm. Through songs, chants, and mo'olelo stories, you'll discover the voices of Hawaiians, past and present.

Visit the planetarium (included with admission) for one of four daily programs, including "Explorers of Polynesia," which shows how sailors navigated to Tahiti using the stars as their guide.

As one of the top natural history museums, the Bishop Museum collection includes 14 million insect specimens, 6 million seashells, 500,000 marine invertebrates, 490,000 plant specimens, and 130,000 fish specimens. The impressive collection also boasts 2.4 million Pacific and Hawaiian artifacts and 1 million historic photographs with which to tell the stories of the islands and their people.

The Bishop Museum includes five separate buildings, all of which are free with your admission. Don't miss the Science Adventure Center—the "active" volcano display is a hit with kids. Visiting exhibitions run the gamut of themes, from historic surfboards to Sesame Street and the Korean War to depictions of Kū, the god of procreation, prosperity, and warfare.

The Bishop Museum is not terribly large by standards of many metropolitan museums, but a thorough visit of all its unique and poignant exhibitions can easily take three or more hours. Fortunately the on-site café offers a range of sandwiches and snacks so you can refuel.

Enjoy a walk through the natural history and rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands and their people, and leave enlightened about the legacy of one of the most biologically and culturally diverse geographical regions on earth.

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Bishop Museum has done some great remodeling. It has been years since I have been through the Hawaiian Hall but it is really worth seeing. The feather cloaks and headdresses are amazing and in perfect shape. The history before civilization came in and then then changes after they did were so interesting. A real must for History buffs

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Bishop Museum Details

Phone: (808) 847-3511
Address
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Hours
Wednesday - Monday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Closings
Tuesday and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Public Transportation
Take “The Bus” Number 2 or City Express B “School Street/Middle Street” Bus to the corner of Kapalama and School. Walk a block south to Bernice Street and a half a block west to the entrance of the Bishop Museum.
Driving Directions
Take the H-1 West to the Houghtailing exit. Take a right onto Waikamilo Drive and turn left at the next traffic light onto Bernice Street. If taking the H-1 East from the Airport or West side of Oahu, you can take the Likelike Highway exit and take the next right onto Bernice Street.

Admission and Offer Information

Present your Go Select Pass at the ticket window for admission.

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