Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI

1525 Bernice StreetHonolulu, HI 96817
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Overview

Situated in the historic district of Kalihi in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum offers a unique experience for guests to see an extensive collection of more than 25 million ancient Oahu artifacts, documents, photos and more. The museum’s Castle Building and state-of-the-art Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium offers fully interactive exhibits and programs geared toward families.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Parking available for $5 daily.
  • Cafe and shop onsite for guests to enjoy.
  • Open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Tours included with museum admission.

Description

from Bishop Museum
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, designated the Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a museum of history and science located in the historic Kalihi district of Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai'i and has the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens. Besides the comprehensive exhibits of Hawaiiana, the museum's total holding of natural history specimens exceeds 24 million. The entomological collection alone represents more than 13.5 million specimens.

The Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.

Transportation to/from select Waikiki locations is now available for purchase.

Shuttle Schedule:
Ala Moana Hotel - 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:15pm (Drop off only 3:00pm, 4:15pm)
Ilikai Flagpole - 9:50am, 11:35am, 1:20pm (Drop off only 3:05pm, 4:20pm)
DFS Galleria - 9:55am, 11:40am, 1:30pm (Drop off only 3:10pm, 4:25pm
Sheraton Aloha Landing - 10:00am, 11:45am, 1:30pm (Drop off only 3:15pm, 4:30pm)
Aston Waikiki Beach - 10:05am, 11:50am, 1:35pm (Drop off only 3:20pm, 4:35pm)
Bishop Museum - 10:35am, 12:25pm, 2:05pm, 3:55pm

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Nomar88
San Francisco, California
"Excellent Hawaiian museum - not to be missed"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2018 NEW
I've been to the Bishop Museum a few times, and highly recommended that people visit it. It contains the largest collection of Polynesian artifacts in the world. Their permanent collection is vast, and has many historical and cultural/art objects. The main room is amazing, an open air, 3-story affair, holding the bulk of the collection. There are life-size replicas of a sperm whale, tiger shark, sting ray, and other sea animals floating in the air. They also have temporary exhibitions; the one I saw and loved was on the recent canoe voyage that went around the world. If you're a fan of canoeing, this one is not to be missed. The museum is very large, containing a handful of buildings, plus a planetarium. One building is all about interactive, hands-on activities for kids and youth. If you've a family, you could easily spend half a day here. If not, I'd say 2-3 hours.
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maggie p
Los Angeles, California
"Excellent museum for history of Hawaii and Polynesia plus science of volcanos"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2018 NEW
We spent four hours here and easily could have stayed longer. The children loved the volcano demonstration, and the adults learned something too. The history of Hawaii and Polynesia building was fascinating, especially after seeing "Moana" movie. So much to learn about this ancient and metal-free culture. The science building also needed more time. Plan to stay an entire day; the cafe is pretty good too. Very family friendly.
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bknuth
Battlement Mesa, Colorado
"Filling "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2018 NEW
Spent the entire day and wanted more. Great planetarium show about island navigation using the stars.
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Sandra C
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
"Beautiful and informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2018 NEW
We went here on a whim and just loved it. Amazing woodwork throughout that has been kept in tact through renovations. Very informative and interesting. I really wish we had had more than just a couple hours to spend here as there are other buildings on the property and we ran out of time.
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Wilma B
Nampa
"Plan on a whole day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2018 NEW
So many facets to the Bishop Museum. You have to be willing to walk, read as well as be prepared to be awed. The multi-level, multi-building museum is well worth your time. It is no wonder that it is rated the number one museum in Hawaii. It is simply an immersive experience into both Hawaiian history and culture. Small children might not enjoy it as much (lots to read) if the adults are examining the displays. Although, these same children with enjoy the science exhibit just next door to the main museum. Ample parking for $5.00 a vehicle. We felt that the museum's gift shop was tastefully done with items we hadn't see at other locations on the island. Plan at least 4 hours if not most of a day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bishop Museum

How much is parking?
Parking on campus is $5 per car, per visit.

Is there a charge for handicap vehicles?
Bishop Museum has designated convenient parking for its handicapped guests. Vehicles parked in a blue handicap space and displaying a blue handicap placard will not be charged for parking.

Is there a kama‘āina discount on parking?
The parking fee is $5 per car, per visit. There is no kama‘āina discount.

What hours is the Bishop Museum Cafe?
They are open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Note: food and beverages are not allowed in the gallery spaces.

Are pets allowed?
Please be aware that animals are not allowed on Bishop Museum premises. This restriction does not apply to service animals.

Are photography and videography allowed inside the museum?
Visitors to the Bishop Museum are permitted to photograph and videotape our exhibits. Flash photography is permitted. Photography and videotaping for commercial use must be coordinated through the museum first.

What are the daily programs?
10:00 - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 minutes - Hawaiian Hall front steps
11:00 - In My Backyard - Planetarium Show: A delightful tour of the night sky with cartoons and songs. Children ages 2-10. 30 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
11:00 - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 min - Hawaiian Hall front steps
11:30 - The Sky Tonight - Planetarium Show: Explore the current evening sky in Hawai‘i under the guidance of a planetarium presenter. You'll get a star map (yours to take home!) to help find tonight's constellations and planets. 30 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
12:00 - The Hot Spot Rock: Lava Demo For Kids: Learn about Hawai‘i’s volcanoes and see rock and cinder melt in this exciting and unique lava demonstration. Learn about volcanoes and see real lava! For children aged 2 - 10 years. 25 min - Science Adventure Center Hot Spot Theater.
1:00 p.m. - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 minutes - Hawaiian Hall front steps
1:30 - Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars - Planetarium Show: This brand new full dome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your own way to Tahiti from Hawai'i. Produced in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories. 45 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
2:30 - Meet Me At The Hot Spot - Lava Demonstration: Learn about Hawai'i's volcanoes and see rock and cinder melt in this exciting and unique lava demonstration. 25 min - Science Adventure Center Hot Spot Theater
2:30 - The Fun Sky Tonight - Planetarium Show: In this best-of-both-worlds program, tour Hawaii's night sky using the pinpoint lights of our star machine and enjoy dazzling imagery from our digital projectors as you embark on adventures through space. Sky maps are provided! 30 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
3:00 - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 minutes - Hawaiian Hall front steps.
3:30 - Eyes on Island Earth - Planetarium Show: Join a Hawaiian scientist and a NASA satellite as they explore the islands of Hawai'i, as well as "island" Earth, is this light-hearted show for kids and adults. Funded by NASA, this Earth science program includes an introduction in our Science On a Sphere theater and a live section focusing on how and why we see satellites in our local skies. 35 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.

~ Please check on-campus signage for changes to the daily schedule during special events. Daily programs subject to change.