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Bishop Museum, Honolulu

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#4 of 111 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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  • A wonderful museum covering the history of Hawaii, and various artifacts from the era of the Hawaiian kingdom.  more »
  • I don't have children but this is a great place for them. Lava pour demonstration, very educational exhibits. My only complaint is that a lot of it is poorly lit and I have poor night vision, not thei...  more »
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  • I've gone to the Bishop Museum over and over again and it never gets old there are always new things being brought in and I love the planetarium. One of the better planetariums I've been to. Great stuff for both the older generations and the younger ones. The museum is great for a lot of the older generation that likes looking at art and other historical Hawaiian culture. They also have great exhibits for the kids like recently they had dinosaurs and they also had another one called the animation Academy. They were all a lot of great fun. They also have another building that has great things for the kids to do activity wise a lava exhibit and other nature exhibits.
  • If you go to Oahu and care about the history of Hawaii this is a must stop. The grounds are beautiful and this is a local museum as much as one for visitors. There are extensive displays on the people and their history. It is important to understand that history and civilization did not start when Caucasians landed. The good and the bad are on display. An honest representation of history is told. There is also a museum dedicated to the tectonic development of the state. Be respectful of the history and people.
  • Such a great, educational museum about the history of the Hawaiian islands and people. Beautifully crafted exhibits and artifacts here, as well as a really cool natural history exhibit for kids, a great amphitheater, and beautiful buildings and campus. The food at the cafe is great and staff seem friendly. Would highly recommend for tourists, families and locals alike. So cool!
  • The bishop museum is hands down my favorite place to visit when I’m in Oahu. Expect to spend at least 2 hours exploring the museum. The employees are so kind and very knowledgeable in the History of Hawaii. I’ve been multiple times and each time I learn something knew. Bishop is also an amazing place for kids, the science wing had a lot of hands on activities for the little ones and different educational movies for kids. Definitely a awesome place to visit for any age group!
  • Well worth the bus trip, this museum is a must if you are particularly interested in Hawaii history and culture, and more. I spent most of a day here, and just joined in guided tours (starting from 9am about the royal Hawaiian lines), and time just flew by from there between scheduled tours, two planetarium shows, one lava demonstration and self exploring the exhibits in between. They do have pretty neat interactive stuff for kids so it's family friendly. Because of rain, I didn't get to see the garden though.

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