Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI

1525 Bernice StreetHonolulu, HI 96817
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Overview

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!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • 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.

Description

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.

All Access Individual Day Pass Includes:
-General admission.
-Unlimited planetarium shows.
*Daily schedule may vary, must pick-up tickets at the admissions desk before the show.
-All exhibit spaces.

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

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Vesna M
Zagreb, Croatia
"Highly recommended"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2020
The museum is a little off the beaten path in Honolulu, it's neither near Waikiki nor the historic center, and it takes forever to reach by bus, but it's really worth the effort. Lots of local history. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy everything it has to offer. Nice gift shop.
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Muadib84
Waikoloa, Hawaii
"History of the Islands"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2020
This is a very nice museum, with great exhibits on the history of the Hawaiian islands, and of Polynesia in general. Great displays of artifacts, with detailed, interesting explanations. Current exhibit of the story of surfing is wonderful.
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Travelcooking
London, United Kingdom
"Very nice museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 02, 2020
This museum exhibits different types of exhibitions of the Hawaiian and Pacific culture, which makes it an incredibly unique place to visit. Includes the planetarium as well that makes it even more interesting. This is a museum to go when you are visiting Honolulu.
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diablodancer
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
"Stunning museum but hard to get to without a car"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2020
This museum is well worth a visit to get a greater insight into Hawaiian history and culture, and the grounds are lovely. You can easily spend half a day here as there are over five exhibition buildings in the grounds (including a planetarium) as well as a garden with native plants. Check out the gift shop too if you're interested in books on Hawaiian history - they had a number that I didn't see anywhere else during my trip, including major bookstores. Try and time your visit to see the wayfinders show at the planetarium. I was really impressed by this - not only how interesting it was but the interactrive elements as your group is taugh how to navigate back to Hawai'i using the stars using traditional navigation methods. Give yourself twenty minutes or so to look around the pre-show area beforehand as the planetarium shows exit back outside (you can reenter the pre-show area without another ticket, it's just to save you doubling back. If you're visiting without a car the best way to get there is probably the Waikiki Trolley purple line. It runs every 1 hour and 10 minutes and the last trolley back to Waikiki leaves before the museum closes - so be sure to check the timetables before your journey. It's over an hour each way but the journey is scenic and takes you through some residential areas which was a nice change from the usual tourist sites.
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TrevorMP
Sydney, Australia
"Fascinating."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 10, 2020
There are many different buildings on the site and they are all very interesting. There is much to see so allow plenty of time to enjoy everything. There is a place to eat so you could be there all day. There are regular presentations and a gift shop. The history of Hawaii presented here is so interesting and an insight into the island. We really enjoyed our time here.
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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.