Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI

1525 Bernice StreetHonolulu, HI 96817
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Overview

Situated in the historic district of Kalihi in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum offers a unique experience for guests to see an extensive collection of more than 25 million ancient Oahu artifacts, documents, photos and more. The museum’s Castle Building and state-of-the-art Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium offers fully interactive exhibits and programs geared toward families.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Parking available for $5 daily.
  • Cafe and shop onsite for guests to enjoy.
  • Open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Tours included with museum admission.

Description

from Bishop Museum
The Bernice Pauahi 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.

The 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 a primary purpose of the Museum.

All Access Individual Day Pass Includes:
- General Admission
- Planetarium Shows
*Daily schedule may vary, must pick-up tickets at the Admissions Desk prior to show
- Exhibit Spaces
* The traveling exhibit Expedition: Dinosaur is available through September 3rd

Operation Hours:
Daily 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Closed - Thanksgiving and Christmas



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Tammy F
Ayden, North Carolina
"One of the highlights of our trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2019 NEW
I had no idea all the information that was offered by this museum. I'm not really a museum person, but I was totally amazed. There is so much history and cultural information on Hawaii at this museum. We spent a couple of hours, and enjoyed ourselves. Worth the time to visit. We used the Go Ohau card to visit this location. If you are debating about the card, we saved money using the card, but I also planned in advance what we were doing so I made sure we got our full use from the purchase.
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Rydefr33
"Bishop Museum Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2019 NEW
We planned our visit to the museum for the rainy day that came during our stay on Oahu. We were able to spend the whole day there and learned so much about Hawaii's history, culture, diversity, ecology and the politics that affected this island during the 19th and 20th centuries. Excellent exhibits; very personal artifacts. Truly a key feature of our visit to Oahu.
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Deadw00d
Alberta, Canada
"History, planetarium, natural science center, and lego exhibit in one place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2019 NEW
The simple name is a misnomer. This place is much more than a museum and is actually a series of buildings in a circle. We started with the lego exhibition which is there until Oct 27th. Huge and amazing builds featuring historical transportation. Went through a science center featuring volcanoes and enjoyed the hands on exhibits. Enjoyed the air conditioned planetarium show featuring both a show and an audience participation section on learning how to navigate with stars. The history of Hawaiian culture and monarchy is beautifully exhibited but as we were getting tired by then it got to be too much to read. It has a cute gift shop and beautiful grounds to enjoy. The only downside is it is a fairly long hot walk from the bus stop and the cafe was not open when we were there. We were told it was a short walk to buy food but it was not close by at all. I was glad to have google maps to help find the museum and to find my way back to the bus. People with mobility issues might prefer a taxi or uber but it is fairly far away so cost might be an issue. We paid for admission with our go oahu card. If you purchase a coupon book from "entertainment" it included a 20% coupon for admission and the tourist books include coupons for a free planetarium show.
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Rebecca O
Ridgewood, New York
"Beautiful museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 03, 2019 NEW
This museum we visited in the afternoon. We took public transportation there from Waikiki. It was a little bit of a journey to get out there.The bus doesn’t drop you off right in front. We had to walk a few blocks in a residential area to get to the museum. We got there about two hours before closing time. My husband decided to take a nap on the bench outside and wait for me since the price for this museum was $25 per person. He was tired and didn’t want to shell out $50 for a couple of hours. I enjoyed this museum. I entered via the gift shop and purchased my ticket. During Aloha week they apparently had a discount on admission if you had a ribbon, I didn’t have a ribbon and I didn’t see anywhere during Aloha week were you could get one honestly. I opted for just the museum since my time was limited. In the coupon book at Waikiki they have a coupon for the planetarium free when you buy admission. I forgot my coupon but wouldn’t have been able to see the museum if I would have gone to the planetarium anyway. My admission included the garden which was small and I did first thing since it looked like it might rain. There was a wedding to be set up for on the day I went so the chairs were being set up. I saw the bride taking pictures there as well. The museum is in a mansion which is beautiful. When I entered the building I started to the left which had the feather standards the royalty used. When you walk in the museum directly in front of you there is a staircase. To the right of the entrance was a temporary display of sea life...which was set up really beautiful. The museum has different sections and different floors and in one section is open in the middle. It had a variety of items that explain the Hawaiian culture. I preferred to see the museum quickly and to see it “all” on my own pace because of lack of time, I would suggest a guided tour and then to go back to see the items which interest you more. I overheard some people in the museum talking about a display...”yeah this was one of the weapons that killed captain cook.” I would have missed the dagger which was in a display case facing the open area on the corner of the side where the large whale is. They must have heard the description during their tour. Don't miss Duke’s surf board or his Olympic medal.
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GFWCGardener
Hudson, New Hampshire
"A good way to begin a Hawaiian vacation if you want to learn!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 01, 2019 NEW
The Bishop Museum holds amazing artifacts of Hawaii's history. The guides are extremely helpful in interpreting the displays, and there is an interactive area for children.
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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. 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?
10:00 - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 minutes - Hawaiian Hall front steps
11:00 - In My Backyard - Planetarium Show: A delightful tour of the night sky with cartoons and songs. Children ages 2-10. 30 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
11:00 - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 min - Hawaiian Hall front steps
11:30 - The Sky Tonight - Planetarium Show: Explore the current evening sky in Hawai‘i under the guidance of a planetarium presenter. You'll get a star map (yours to take home!) to help find tonight's constellations and planets. 30 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
12:00 - The Hot Spot Rock: Lava Demo For Kids: Learn about Hawai‘i’s volcanoes and see rock and cinder melt in this exciting and unique lava demonstration. Learn about volcanoes and see real lava! For children aged 2 - 10 years. 25 min - Science Adventure Center Hot Spot Theater.
1:00 p.m. - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 minutes - Hawaiian Hall front steps
1:30 - Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars - Planetarium Show: This brand new full dome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your own way to Tahiti from Hawai'i. Produced in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories. 45 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
2:30 - Meet Me At The Hot Spot - Lava Demonstration: Learn about Hawai'i's volcanoes and see rock and cinder melt in this exciting and unique lava demonstration. 25 min - Science Adventure Center Hot Spot Theater
2:30 - The Fun Sky Tonight - Planetarium Show: In this best-of-both-worlds program, tour Hawaii's night sky using the pinpoint lights of our star machine and enjoy dazzling imagery from our digital projectors as you embark on adventures through space. Sky maps are provided! 30 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.
3:00 - Nā Mea Makamae a Kahiko, Treasures of the Past: Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific on this guided gallery tour. 25 minutes - Hawaiian Hall front steps.
3:30 - Eyes on Island Earth - Planetarium Show: Join a Hawaiian scientist and a NASA satellite as they explore the islands of Hawai'i, as well as "island" Earth, is this light-hearted show for kids and adults. Funded by NASA, this Earth science program includes an introduction in our Science On a Sphere theater and a live section focusing on how and why we see satellites in our local skies. 35 min - J. Watumull Planetarium - No Late Seating.

~ Please check on-campus signage for changes to the daily schedule during special events. Daily programs subject to change.