Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai'i and other Pacific island cultures. Today, 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Randy M
    Acme, Pennsylvania161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Display of Polynesian and Hawaiian History
    Great museum featuring a three-story hall dedicated to Hawaiian history, and an identical adjacent hall illustrating Polynesian history and migration. A separate building highlights kid-oriented exhibits. A great rainy day activity - book your tickets online for a small discount on admission. A decent amount of parking available.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • janetc7575
    70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history
    Very interesting museum with lots of exhibits on Hawaii's history. I did not know anything about Hawiian history other than the name King Kamehameha so it was very interesting to learn all of the history of the Hawaiian people. Definitely recommend stopping by this museum before you leave the island!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Laurel C
    Tampa, Florida13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Museum to Visit!
    We had a few hours to kill and decided to get a bus to the Bishop Museum as we had the Go City Pass to use. I wish we would have had more time as there is so much to see. Very well laid out museum, even though it was a tad hot in there the day we visited. Would definitely recommend and would visit again.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Hawaiian Canuck
    Vancouver, Canada1,369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The definitive museum on native Hawaiian history and culture
    Incredible museum…a fusion of both modern and traditional exhibits housed in an updated 100 year old stone heritage building complex. It’s dark and moody in the main Hawaii hall building and you really feel like you have gone back in time to the turn of the century to see how the public viewed such artifacts. The 1909 giant sperm whale suspended in the main hall is an example…exactly how it was originally displayed. Pretty cool. My favourite part was the small hall off to the side of the main hall which featured a wall showing all of the Polynesian island chains and the various outrigger canoe styles from each region. I definitely recommend going to see the planetarium as the astronomy host was excellent and informative.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
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casper684
Camas, WA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great place. Fabulous volunteers, displays and tour. 3 floors with ornate woodwork throughout. Also a science building with interactive displays kids would like and more hands on exhibits about light in another building. Volcano display beautiful. Happy face spider photo interesting. We actually took bus #2 from Waikiki beach area. Rode with locals and a great friendly bus driver! Only a few blocks walking when we got off on nice sidewalk to get there. There is also Kamehameha Shopping Center right near bus stop that has McDonalds, Longs, grocery store and multiple places to eat and lots of other options. We only went to McDonalds for breakfast.
Written 3 March 2024
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Tim H
New Westminster, Canada1,126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A first-class history museum in a gorgeous building. If you go on the right day you can add planetarium shows at $3 (and get a comfy chair for 20-40 minutes).

The grounds are beautiful, and there's a natural history museum with some clever displays. We also got to see a lava demo, with a staffer pouring white-hot rock onto a surface and letting it cool until ... well, you'll have to go and find out.
Written 2 March 2024
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Anon8815
Trenton, NJ746 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Tickets were pricier than expected, and you had to pay for parking on top of it.
The museum had a lot of cool artifacts but I found it difficult to keep track of what I was looking at and reading and how it connected to the next thing. I think having clearly laid out and dedicated sections would help the knowledge flow. And a "family tree" for all the gods.
The science center is definitely a cool place to let kids burn off some energy while learning some.
Written 24 February 2024
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Maria S
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This museum charges $5.00 for every checked bag and $33.95 pp ($30.95 for seniors, $25.95 youth, 4-17). Exhibitions are spread amongst several multi storied spread apart buildings and the ADA restroom is away from the main exhibition buildings. This Museum is not convenient for anyone who doesn’t walk easily or is disabled. Not worth the price
Written 11 February 2024
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tutana
Tempe, AZ322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The museum is 3 floors of history of Hawaii and Polynesia. The building is beautiful. Spent $3 to go to the planetarium which was wonderful. The grounds are vast. The gift area is also large and offers all sorts of items. Went here on a rainy day and it was great!
Written 23 January 2024
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Deborahjune
Toronto, Canada715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
If you want to learn about the history of the island this is the place to visit. There are so many interesting and historic items here and you really should take the time to enjoy the entire space. Lots of fascinating things. It is displayed in a very interesting and informative manner. We would go back to explore more.
Written 18 January 2024
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lorettabattaglia
Varese, Italy8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A lot of hawaiian history inside the museum that I did not know before. I left a bit sad understanding the evolution of it
Written 17 January 2024
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Addi Q
Honolulu, HI3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Bishop Museum proved to be a hidden gem, offering a nice blend of educational and entertaining elements. Its well-curated displays, immersive exhibits, and friendly staff make it a worthwhile destination for anyone interested in Hawaiian culture and history.
Written 25 December 2023
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Hawaiian Canuck
Vancouver, Canada1,369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Incredible museum…a fusion of both modern and traditional exhibits housed in an updated 100 year old stone heritage building complex. It’s dark and moody in the main Hawaii hall building and you really feel like you have gone back in time to the turn of the century to see how the public viewed such artifacts. The 1909 giant sperm whale suspended in the main hall is an example…exactly how it was originally displayed. Pretty cool.

My favourite part was the small hall off to the side of the main hall which featured a wall showing all of the Polynesian island chains and the various outrigger canoe styles from each region.

I definitely recommend going to see the planetarium as the astronomy host was excellent and informative.
Written 17 December 2023
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Although I've visited O'ahu many times, I never got to this wonderful showplace of Hawaiian and Polynesian history.
I visited on a quiet Sunday morning and had the stately halls almost to myself. Knowing I had a busy afternoon, I had to push myself along so I could see everything but it was difficult---I could easily have stayed all day.
There are extensive exhibits on the history of the Hawaiian Islands as well as the South Pacific region, plus models of marine creatures, canoes, living spaces and more. It's truly a feast for the intellect.
And, being Hawai'i, there are resident fowl wandering the grounds, bringing their unique character to your visit.
Highly, highly recommend.
Written 14 December 2023
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Bishop Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 2,818.36, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 1,410.43 per person.

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