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

from Bishop Museum
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.

All Access Individual Day Pass Includes:
- General Admission
- Planetarium Shows
*Daily schedule may vary, must pick-up tickets at the Admissions Desk prior to show
- Exhibit Spaces
* The traveling exhibit Expedition: Dinosaur is available through September 3rd

Operation Hours:
Daily 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Closed - Thanksgiving and Christmas



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GoPlaces306045
Honolulu, Hawaii
"Awesome "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
This is a full day place. Multiple buildings and a functioning planetarium where the Sky Show explains how the Polynesian people navigated with a compass using stars and ocean currents. Sit at the back of the room. It’s easier on the neck. This museum has easily navigable displays that depict much of the history of this part of the world. Great educational experience, but children under high school age will get bored after the first hour. A sandwich shop is located on the premises. About 45 minutes from the Waikiki beach area on THE BUS (city). About a three block walk after you exit the bus. City bus maps are available on the buses and stops are announced. Don’t count on the bus driver to remind you. They get busy with traffic and passengers.
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Noreen M
Torrance
"Great Place to Visit Rain or Shine!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
The rotating exhibits are always interesting to check out. Make sure you visit each of the multiple buildings. The molten-lava demonstration is awesome (very hot). If your hungry the Bishop Museum Cafe is actually an extension of the Highway Inn serving the same Hawaiian Menu
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4Evaaaa
Calgary, Canada
"So glad we went"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
It's like going to a kid's science center/museum along with a regular museum. It's expensive but worth the money. The lava presentation was cool and there are lots of neat things for the kids to see and do.
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2TravelOn101
Cherry Valley, California
"Interesting, Interesting, interesting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
The museum consists of displays in three different buildings plus the garden on the grounds. One building houses displays of artifacts from the Hawaiian kings. A second building houses temporary displays - the current one is about Easter Island. The third building houses natural history displays with animals, insects, and fish of the Hawaiian Islands along with a two story volcano. You can visit the Hot Spot Theater and watch a Lava Show that shows how lava is formed including pouring out molten lava. You won’t be sorry about spending time at this museum.
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SyrinxSounds
Victoria, Canada
"Lovely Setting, Great Curation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
I enjoy stepping into museums covering tooics I know very little about, and I am always interested in seeing what I come away having learned. The answer to that question about the Bishop Museum is ALOT! It helps to have a lovely building to work with, but the exhibits are very well assembled and there is context galore. There were two excellent docents who mingled amongst the visitors simply commenting on the exhibits as they passed. This effortlessly opened questions and answers. The flow of the main building is very good, although I was glad that the crowds were light, because sometimes the cases were set so that you had to be in a very specific position to read the signage, but that spot could be obstructed by even a few people watching an adjascent video. But there was enough to read and it gave great, non-pandering context. My hat goes off to the designers who did an admirable job of focussing on the Hawai'ianess of the story within the context of unceded territories and uninvited governments. Difficult subjects are hard to deal with equitably so that everyone can see him or herself in the story. I think they hit this balance just right here. The only thing I felt missing from the main building was a sample of those wonderful feathered garments to touch. The reason that I gave the museum only 4 of 5 is that there are several other buikdings that just don't hold a candle to the main building. The smaller building -- currently with an Easter Island exhibit -- pale by comparison, and the science center is long over-due for refurbishment. The cafe is home-grown and quite fine. It seems hard to get here, however. Today we toom a taxi because we didn't want to commit to a 50 minute bus ride. This was quicker but expensive. Still I could see from the routing why the bus would have taken so long. It might even have been worth it to have just rented a car for the day. Still a great collection and a well-presented museum.
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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.