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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branny13
Princeton, Kentucky
"Live and learn and enjoy!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
I have been a few times many years ago....it has been remodeled and updated! It is even better now! Hands on stations for kids! Love the docent stories and information! Educational and a fun, easy place to navigate!
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Andrew M
Jacksonville, Florida
"Awesome museum with many educational displays "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
This very large and amazing museum had plenty to see, experience and learn. Had I known there was this much to see here I would have spent an entire day, but unfortunately I came in the mid afternoon and only had a couple hours to try to see as much as I could which was obviously insufficient for the amount of things to see on display here. There was plenty of parking space in the parking lot here. This museum is very big so you should give yourself several hours (preferably all day) if you want to see everything and take your time exploring the exhibits. I explored the Hawaiian hall which has the exhibit VOYAGERS showcasing the history and culture of Hawaii and Polynesia. Impressive display of artifacts and cultural objects! Lots to learn and look at! I highly recommend visiting this museum in Honolulu. It is NOT cheap, but if you like history, culture and learning then it is definitely worth visiting. I will add that in case you get hungry there are plenty of dining options at the nearby Kamehameha Shopping Center, so you could take a break from sightseeing at this museum to go grab a meal and then return to finish exploring.
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Minako1023
Auckland, New Zealand
"Must Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
If you want to learn about history of Hawaii, this is excellent place. I joined to guided tour about for 40 minutes with Japanese guide which was brilliant. I totally enjoyed visiting here. We stayed here quite long hours. There are little cafe for lunch or coffee.
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msafrica
Maryland
"History and interactive"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
The Bishop Museum is full of interesting artifacts about Hawaii and other Polynesian cultures. We were also able to visit the dinosaur exhibit that is currently on. There was a lot to do for children and many of the exhibits were interactive. I found it to be a bit pricey and we only stayed for a few hours. My teens were ready to go but there was a lot more that we could have observed.
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Christine A
"Christine, Albany NY"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 17, 2018 NEW
If you are interested in history and culture this stop is a must. The bird feather capes of the Kings of the former monarchy are beautiful. The wood hand carved statues are remarkable.
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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.