Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum is the most comprehensive and complete museum in Hawaii, and considered one of the best Honolulu Attractions on the island.  A fantastic collection of Hawaii's heritage and culture is stored in this Honolulu museum, which was commissioned by the husband of the last descendant of King Kamehameha the Great, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, hence the name.

Bishop Museum Hawaiian Hall

You will want to devote at least 2-3 hours at the Bishop Museum in order to absorb and appreciate all it has to offer.  It has gone through a $20 Million dollar renovation and is a Honolulu attraction that should be a must on your list of things to do in oahu, even if you're not a history buff.

If you do enjoy history, learn more about the estate and featured items directly from the friendly staff, as you will see them perform, host and study here.

Bishop Museum Royal Cape

Valuable items such as the royal cape worn by King Kamehameha himself, made out of royal feathers, along with the skeleton of a 55-foot sperm whale, are just some of the special exhibits you will be treated to on your visit.  

Bishop Museum Polynesian Room

There is also a good display of unique items from other Polynesian islands whose population immigrated to Hawaii.  

Bishop Museum Hawaiian Tiki Statues

Parts of the museum that are not to be missed are the regal Kahili Room, the Hawaiian Hall, and the Science Adventure Center.  The Science Center is compelte with an erupting volcano that will keep both adults and kids entertained.

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Bishop Museum Royal Mask

Bishop Museum Permanent Exhibits

Hawaiian Hall

Bishop Museum Hawaiian Hall

The Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall consist of three different floors representing Hawaiian gods and legends on the first floor,  the role of nature in daily Hawaiian life on the second floor, and the seat of the gods and important Hawaiian historical moments on the third floor.

Kahili Room

Bishop Museum Kalihi Room

This regal room displays the Kahili, or preciouse feather standards, along with various portraits of the monarchy and their personal belongings.  The Kahili Room is beautifully set up, as it walks you through King Kamehameha's past and Hawaiian Royalty to follow.

Pacific Hall

Bishop Museum Polynesian Hall

This hall is comprised of two different floors showing exhibits from cultures across Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.  You will find artifacts that tell of the origins and daily life of the Hawaiian people's roots from Polynesia.  This exibit is currently under renovation and will reopen late 2013.

Mamiya Science Adventure Center

Bishop Museum Science Adventure Center

The Science Adventure Center is an interactive facility designed to give visitors a good understanding of Hawaii's natural environment.  The entire center is housed inside 16,500 square feet of space.  This is usually a favorite stop for the kids while visiting the museum.

Both kids and adults will be delighted seeing the erupting volcano, and the many interactive learning areas of the Science Center.  You will find this newest building just across the 3 acre courtyard lawn.


Bishop Museum Planetaruium

Catch the Planetarium half hour long show that focuses on Galileo's discoveries.  Don't be late as you will not be seated if the show has already started without you.

Science on a sphere is another great educational display at the Planetarium lobby that provides great visualization of information difficult to convey -- you can watch how a storm slowly grows, how a hurricane forms, how dust blows across the surface of Mars, and much more.

Temporary Exhibits

Bishop Museum Royal Emblem

Check in with the museum's staff as to what exciting temporary exhibits they will have on display at the time of your visit to Oahu.  You just might be in luck to see a fabulous traveling exhibit.

Currently there is a Homefront Hawai‘i Exhibit:  An Attack on Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration. This exhibit features some historic pictures, stories and items captured during this moment in time.

Getting to Bishop Museum Hawaii

Bishop Museum Oahu

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By Car

Head up to the H-1 Hwy (Kapahulu St will easily get you there)
Take H-1 Hwy West (towards the Airport)
Take the Likiliki Hwy (off exit 20A , about 5 miles)
Turn Right onto Bernice St
Located 200 feet down on the Left hand side
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu

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By Bus

The Oahu Bus #2 from Waikiki will best transport you to the Bishop Museum.
Ask the bus driver to alert you when to get off (School St)
Proceed walking down Kapalama St from School St
Turn Right onto Bernice St and walk down 200 ft
Located on Left hand side at 1545 Bernice St.

Other Attractions In the Area

Just 10 minutes away from the Bishop Museum, you can jump into the downtown Honolulu area, where you can visit Oahu's historic Chinatown, the Iolani Place, and the Aloha Tower.

Oahu's historic Chinatown area is an upcoming hip area on the island now, that hosts a slew of great tasting restaurants, clubs and Hawaiian art galleries.  While this area gets a face lift from new entrepreneurs, the old brick buildings, flower lei shops and produce stands helps preserve the charm in Chinatown Honolulu.

Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace;

If you liked the Bishop Museum and would like to learn more about History of the Hawaiian people and Hawaii royalty, then make a point of visiting the Iolani Palace, located in the downtown area.

The Iolani Palace became the last stand for the Hawaiian Royalty in 1893, before the overthrow of the Monarchy and the end of an era.  Today the palace preserves the treasures and the legacy of Hawaii's history.

Ethel's Grill

Ethel's Grill Honolulu

Just down the street from the museum located in an industrial area is a local hole-in-the-wall eatery.  It can be hard sometimes to find an available seat at Ethel's Grill, do to its popularity for serving wholesome comfort food meals that cost a fraction of the price they should be charging!

Aloha Tower Market Place

Aloha Tower Marketplace

Along the Honolulu harbor and just below Chinatown is the famous Aloha Tower landmark where guests were greeted in the 1930's as they arrived on ships.  Today this arrival station has been transformed into the Aloha Tower Market Place, with inspiring island style shops and waterfront restaurants.

Aloha & Enjoy!!

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