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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. To visit Bishop Museum on your holiday in Honolulu, and find out what else Honolulu has to offer, use our Honolulu.
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  • The best displays of Hawaii cultural and natural history. Several things were shut down for COVID, but still worth going.  more »
  • This is well worth your time. The displays are informative and provide a better understanding of the Hawaiian Island and the indigenous population. It provides a perspective of the islands from a...  more »
  • Great source of Hawaiian and Pacific Island history. The main hall is filled with wonderful exhibits. The Science Hall had lots of exhibits for kids to enjoy.  more »
  • I have a 2-year old, and she LOVES it here. So many places in the Science Adventure building for her to have fun and explore; that's definitely her favorite part. But the exhibits in the Castle Memorial Bldg are always great, too! Plus, I love the stuff at the gift shop.
  • The rich history and culture of the Kingdom of Hawaii and it's people. Beautiful grounds with so much information. Come for the lava demonstration but stay for the three floors filled with the History of Hawaii. You might not be able to pronounce any of their names but at least you will learn about how the Hawaiian people lived and survived being in the middle of the ocean thousands of miles from other civilizations.
  • Some stuff was interesting, but not as informative as I would have liked. It was hard to get proper explanation on the items displayed as it wasn't organized very well or didn't give an in-depth description. The planetarium video presentation was the best part.
  • Interesting Hawaiian history museum with a few good exhibits. If you have the chance, you should try to go on one of the narrated tours with one of the museum’s knowledgeable staff. The placards themselves aren’t very interesting or informative by themselves.
  • The museum is nice and you can spend a whole day here with parking costs being fairly cheap and ticket prices not too expensive. I’d recommend the general admission ticket to just about anyone. Planetarium leaves a lot to be desired but it’s only 2-3$ for a show so you get what you pay for, I suppose. Overall, an interesting place to add to your list of “must-dos” if you’re interested in learning about the history of Hawaii

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