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.

All Access Individual Day Pass Includes:
- General Admission
- Planetarium Shows
*Daily schedule may vary, must pick-up tickets at the Admissions Desk prior to show
- Exhibit Spaces
* The traveling exhibit Expedition: Dinosaur is available through September 3rd

Operation Hours:
Daily 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Closed - Thanksgiving and Christmas



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angelatB8763SN
Toledo, Ohio
"Wow"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
So much to see and so much to learn. Glad I didn't miss it. Whether you like history or not it is worth the time.
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melissamcc3
Sydney, Australia
"Visit to Museum whilst on family holiday"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
Bishop Museum is a fantastic Museum. It provides an excellent insight into the history of Hawaii. It is interactive and informative, and has great visual displays. The guide Bill that we had was extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and provided information with a sense of humour. Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in Hawaiin history.
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luv2snkl
Indianola, Iowa
"Nice historic building and collections!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018 NEW
The Bishop Museum was established by the husband of one of the last royal Hawaiians, and it's initial purpose was to house the family artifacts. This has resulted in it skipping over much of the history before the time of Kamehameha I, who first united the islands under one rule, and I got the idea that it tells a sort of scrubbed version of the royal family. That said, there are many lovely artifacts, including a cape and hat made of feathers given to Captain Cook almost 250 years ago! I would have liked more information on the society and culture before the time of Kamehameha. My sister and I paid a little extra to see the Wayfarers movie in the planetarium, and found it worthwhile. We also enjoyed the lava demonstration, which was informative and fun. We had the pork plate for lunch, which was filling, and I'd recommend the gelato there too!
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califcasl
"It rained"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 06, 2018 NEW
It rained - hard - one of the days I was visiting. I'm so glad it did, or I never would have seen this terrific old museum full of relics of Hawaii's past. The multihued feathered cloaks, from birds long gone extinct (rats) were alone worth the price of admission.
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Janice P
Burlington, North Carolina
"Hawaiian History and Culture come alive here "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 06, 2018 NEW
If you are staying in a hotel in Honolulu or Waikiki , get the #2 city bus ($5.50 per day) to this museum and spend your day here! You will enjoy seeing Hawaiian artifacts including feathered helmets and cloaks, and leis. Lots of history here - you can read the panels toward the center of each floor. Don’t forget the science museum to learn about volcanoes and take a walk through the gardens to see the plants which have labels. A great way to spend a rainy 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.