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Bishop Museum, Honolulu

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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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  • Great museum! Bishop Museum has an incredible collection of artifacts. If you are interested in Polynesian culture, you will be amazed. Definitely, a must see if you are visiting O'ahu.  more »
  • I first visited the museum at the suggestion of a friend three years ago. I loved it so much that on this trip I insisted that my spouse visit it. It was great! If you really want to know Hawaiian his...  more »
  • We went for the Polynesian section, but also enjoyed the science and natural history sections. Nice collection of artifacts, but very little in the way of documentation or supporting literature. Most ...  more »
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  • Beautiful and interesting museum. There was a good variety of historical artifacts that shed light on Hawaiian culture. The star show was informative, but hard to get through. The lava demonstration was fun the the science center was interactive. Great learning experience for those who wish to know more about Hawaii
  • This is a beautiful place and an incredible building. We took a free 25 min. tour which was very helpful. There is no way to see it all in a brief visit, but our guide helped us gain understanding if a few key parts. I recommend it.
  • The museum was fine. Just watch out for the locals. They keyed my car from front to back an deep scratch in their parking lot. Just glad I took insurance out on the rental.
  • +JMJ...When I was stationed at Pearl Harbor, this was one of my favorite places to visit. The displays are all well done with many informative placards. Yet, what I most enjoyed were the scheduled festivals which featured much traditional Hawaiian dance, chant, music and FOOD!!
  • Much nicer than anticipated. Not very big, but a beautiful building. Recommend taking the free docent tour.