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!

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.


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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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Fort Worth, Texas
"Beautiful grounds, planetarium, and museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 30, 2020 NEW
Spend several hours at this wonderful museum. Beautiful walking grounds to explore the different museum buildings. The planetarium is small, but has an actual and very knowledgeable lovely lady explaining the night sky. She also answered guest questions after the show. Kudos to her. The city bus stops about three blocks away. The walk is easy. After getting off the bus, a lady from across the street said to us, “you are going in the right direction; the museum is only two blocks away.” Wow. The Bishop Museum is a must do to understand the culture and history of Hawaii. The staff we met were so helpful and answered all our questions. They were courteous, thoughtful, and definitely enjoyed their jobs. Will go ago. Enjoy the wonderful views too.
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"Wow. So much to see."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 26, 2020 NEW
Great Museum. Easy to get to by bus even if it can be a long bus ride in commuter traffic. Good place to go if the weather is rainy and crummy. Loads of stuff to see. History and natural history. Great gift shop. Wonderful books and great gifts for the folks back home. What kid does not love a very cool coloring book?!
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"A Real Great Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2020
Make sure that you arrive early as it often get real crowed. This museum has lots of history to offer. Plan on spending a couple of hours here if this is of interest to you.
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Tim M
"Hawaiian Vacation with Friends"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
This museum is a must do. I wish we had had more time to see everything. I would recommend going earlier in the day. So much history. They give tours. Unfortunately we got there too late, but it was easy to walk around and head about the history of the island.
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ignacio v
Madrid, Spain
"Polynesian Culture made easy and amusing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
There are no excuses for not being interested in the rich Hawaiian culture when visiting Hawaii. It is really worth leaving a beach morning in Waikiki for a visit to this interesting museum, in all likelihood the most complete about the ancient Polynesian navigating navigators and their art of finding islands across the Pacific. The planetarium and its presentations about stars and constellations is very educational, as well as the replicas of traditional boats such as the Hokuleá to understand the value and merit of these settlers of the sea, in their trips on the swell and the winds ... without compasses , GPS, or metal instruments. His mythology, his gods, cults and beliefs. Whenever I go to Honolulu, I make time for this visit to the Bishop who never lets me down. The life-size model of a sperm whale, a tiger tibutron, and other specimens of oceanic fauna will entertain the youngest visitors. The store also deserves a visit to buy rare books about Ku, Kane, Kama, Maui, Pelé ... and the respect of the gods of the ocean.
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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.