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

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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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Wendy H
"LOTS OF STUFF!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
A must stop to learn about Hawaiian history and culture. They also have a small planetarium that teaches you how to use the stars to navigate and a rotating exhibit, which was Animation--completely different than the rest of the museum but super fun.
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Harry B
Bozeman, MT
"Great place to learn about Hawaii's history and see artifacts!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
Spent about a half a day in the main building on all 5 floors browsing Hawaii's history and displays! There are 4 or 5 other buildings that we did not experience due to our physical abilities. If you have the time would allow at least a whole day to do this facility justice.
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Rod T
Boise, Idaho
"A place to learn about the history of Hawaii"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2017 NEW
This is a beautiful museum and covers the history of the Hawian islands and its people. It is truly amazing when you consider that our 50th state was actually its own nation for many years.
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Renata H
Brisbane, Australia
"Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2017 NEW
We did this as we had nothing to do and like most museums it was what it was! We saw a little history but we really used it to kill time. To be fair I am not a museum enthusiast :-)
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Teri E
Pearl City, Hawaii
"Keiki Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2017 NEW
We were here last Sunday November 5 for t Keiki in the Kitchen event and featured Ace of Cakes 🎂 Duff Goldman. It’s a nice place to explore the Hawaiian heritage and historic place
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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.