Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI

1525 Bernice StreetHonolulu, HI 96817
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Hawaiʻi's museum of natural and cultural history. Experience daily exhibits, garden tours, planetarium shows and interactive exhibits. Shop for authentic Hawaiian and Pacific gifts. Discover the history of Hawaiʻi!

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  • Parking available for $5 daily.
  • Cafe by Highway Inn and Shop Pacifica onsite for guests to enjoy.
  • Open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Public Tours included with museum admission.
  • Planetarium and Special Exhibit for additional fees.


from Bishop Museum
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.

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 the primary purpose of the museum.

Castle Memorial Building:
POW! WOW!: The First Decade from Hawai’i to the World
-May 15, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals:
-October 2, 2021 - January 23, 2022

J.M. Long Gallery:
(Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawai’i
-February 20, 2021 - October 22, 2021

Tatau: Marks of Polynesia:
-November 13, 2021 - July 4 2021

Specail Exhibitions:
Parley AIR Station Hawai’i
-April 24, 2021 - April 25, 2022

Signature Galleries:
-Hawaiian Hall | Pacific Hall
-Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kahili Room | Picture Gallery
-Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center
-Na Ulu Kanu O Kaiwi‘ula Native Hawaiian Garden
-J. Watumull Planetarium*
*Currently limited showings due to COVID-19

Operation Hours:
Daily - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Closed - Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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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. Please 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?
For a list of daily programming, visit the Bishop Museum website directly. Please check on-campus signage for changes to the daily schedule during special events. Daily programs subject to change.