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!

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Parking is available for $5 daily.
  • Cafe by Highway Inn and Shop Pacifica are 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 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 by Charles Reed Bishop, in honor of his wife Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop—the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha dynasty—Bishop Museum houses the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts and natural history specimens in the world. The entomological collection alone represents more than 13.5 million specimens.

Bishop Museum has been recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services, and public educational programs. The primary purpose of the museum is to serve and represent the interests of Native Hawaiians.

Discover Hawai‘i’s history and living culture, learn about Polynesian wayfinding, and experience the thrill of an erupting volcano—only at Bishop Museum.

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 - additional fee (Currently limited showings due to COVID-19)


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

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bishop Museum

Where is the Bishop Museum located?

It's located at 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817.

How much is parking at the Bishop Museum?

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 are subject to change.