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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66dino66
"Great museum for kids, Architecture and history oh Hawaii"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
We went the Bishop last time we were in Hawaii 3 years ago. Had to come back. The building is beautiful. Many young kids 6 to 12 years old seemed be having a lot of fun. Best Hawaiian history anywhere. Planetarium is small, but the 11am show (25 minutes) was good. I didn’t nap and learned a few things. Turkey croissant at the cafe was just right and a great value. No a big museum, just under 3 hours including 1/2 hour planetarium and another 1/2 hour for lunch. Science museum very geared to young kids.
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pinkribbonus
Seattle, Washington
"A respectful museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
The interior, exterior, the grounds, the planetarium. A beautiful way to spend an afternoon. I did ask what the museum was "before", there was not a before, it was built to honor the memory of Mrs. Bishop. Check out price before you go, honors senior rates, nice gift shop, all paths are even to access the two other buildings.
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HillaryDawn
Paphos, Cyprus
"Great day out for the family"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
I've been here twice--once with friends and once with family--and thoroughly enjoyed both times. It is probably too expensive for what it is, but being a tourist, I'm willing to pay the admission fee for the experience. I also think if you pack a lunch you can make a day visit out of this place and really get your money's worth. The main museum is chock full of exhibits and information. Hard to absorb it all, especially with kids wanting to zip through, but there is more than enough here alone to please any age. The science museum is much more kid-focused, with a dress up area, educational games, and a mock volcano, though I was disappointed this time to find the lava demonstration was not running! We also saw a planetarium show, The Wayfinders. Very informative and interesting, though the planetarium itself is quite dated, so you didn't really get the 'wow' factor you would get from more current graphics. The gift shop is shockingly overpriced...nice to browse...have never bought anything there.
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ZippyAnde
Fort Worth, Texas
"The best place to learn about Hawaiian culture"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2020 NEW
My wife and I stopped by expecting to spend an hour or two browsing the museum. Big mistake! We spent four hours in just the first building. There is so much to see and to learn about. This is a great place to learn about Hawaiian culture. It is a great place to learn about Hawaiian history. The old building itself it beautiful to see. The exhibits are very well done. It is easy to just start anywhere along the way and flow along with presentations.
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VeeLee4
Arlington, Virginia
"Do not miss this!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020 NEW
We didn't have nearly enough time to see everything, but the Hawaii Hall, in the main part of the museum, is one of the most beautiful museum spaces I've seen. We had a wonderful docent tour, and the planetarium presentation about wayfinding by the stars was very interesting. We learned a lot.
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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.