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Bishop Museum, Honolulu

(4.5/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
Home to the largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts, Bishop Museum was founded in memory of the Charles Reed Bishop's wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last heir of the Kamehameha dynasty. Most of the original building was used as a school for indigenous boys. When the school moved, the museum expanded. In addition to the permanent collection, traveling exhibits move through the Castle Memorial building, and science exhibits are housed inside the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center. Plan your visit to Bishop Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Honolulu vacation route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • The majestic building and the sheer size of the complex are impressive enough, but what you learn here is incredible. The main hall is filled with artifacts and information about Polynesian and Hawaii...  more »
  • We decided to visit the Bishop Museum during a rainy day and were very happy with the decision. We learned a lot about the Hawaiian islands and their history. The Bishop Museum is very engaging, with ...  more »
  • I didn't know what to expect when we came to the Bishop Museum, but after going through it, both of us were pleasantly surprised. I think one of the more interesting things for us was the planetarium ...  more »
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  • You can spend an entire day here. Check out the events' timeline then schedule your time around them. It was a great experience learning about Polynesian culture and the islands. Museum cafe is a fast food version of Highway inn, not as nice as the other highway inns.
  • Full of great history, my wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. My favorite was the blown up earth showing current weather patters though
  • This is an amazing Hawaiian history museum. Fun for people of all ages, including young children. The planetarium and lava pour are highlights of our visits.
  • I love this place! So many great exhibits and things to learn. This place has something for everyone, and all ages.
  • I'd probably rate this a five if I had more time to spend here and more interest in Hawaiian culture. The planetarium and corresponding shows were very good, well presented, and technologically well constructed. I saw shows on how the Polynesians used the stars to navigate and star constellation's in the Pacific. Others told me the docent lead tours were good in the Hawaiian Hall covering Polynesian culture.