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Bishop Museum, Honolulu

4.6
#3 of 65 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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  • This was out of the way to get to but well worth the visit. It is located in an old Mansion to ties to the Hawaiian Royal family. The building m architecture and woodwork alone are worth the trip. A l...  more »
  • We really didnt know what to expect, but we were overwehlmed with the anount of things on display, things to learn... You will need more than 2 hours to actually absorb most! But very very nice and co...  more »
  • There is so much to see and experience - allow a half day. We took a guided tour of the main hall - no extra charge - and learnt a huge amount about Polynesian history and culture in 40 minutes. The G...  more »
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  • I take my son here all the time. It's an awesome place to spend the day exploring all the different exhibits and galleries. My son loves the interactive volcano that you can walk into! So cool! The reason for the four stars is the length of the featured exhibits are way too long. With a yearly membership, you only get to see maybe three exhibits. For over a hundred dollars a year for membership, I'd expect more new exhibits being offered.
  • Awesome! So many cool exhibits showing the Hawaiian traditional concepts, religions, and even how it led to today! I really recommend this place of you are interested in Hawaiian culture, volcanoes, and more. Just watch out... To walk from building to building, you do have to walk outside. If it is a rainy day, there goes the fun. Definately come early if you would like to catch some of their planetarium shows, as those sell out quickly.
  • If you're looking for Hawaiiana, this is the place for you. The main wing is a permanent exhibit of Hawaii history and artifacts. There are rotating displays to two other wings, so make sure you check the website to see the latest schedule of events. There is a nice planetarium and various shows that change seasonally. Another building is more science based exhibits. Try to see the lava demonstration.
  • Very educational. Well kept. Don't like that parking is not free. Great place to spend a day with the family.
  • Membership is worth it especially if you have children. New exhibits is always a nice treat throughout the year and we look forward to it. Members also experience first dibs to new exhibits. Thank you Bishop Museum!

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