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Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum

Free admission
1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817

The Basics

For a crash course in Hawaiian history, Polynesian lore, and anthropology, head to Oahu’s Bishop Museum. Exhibits cover everything from stories about Hawaiian gods to the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame to the history of surfing, and the museum boasts a planetarium and a Science Adventure Center.

Purchase admission tickets ahead of time online, or pick up a Go Oahu Card, which offers free admission to the Bishop Museum as well as other top Oahu attractions. Alternatively, get a Bishop Museum All Access Pass, which includes admission and unlimited shows at the planetarium.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Amazing Experience
Griffin_D, Jul 2021
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I particularly liked the interactive features thru out the museum. Especially the volcano in the science part of the museum. I was not rushed and could read and enjoy my visit.
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Anthony_B, Jul 2021
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Such a beautiful museum. Great for kids too when you go to the science center. Very informative and the structure is beautiful as well !
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Nice visit during the rain or hot sun.
David, Jul 2021
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It will be good for learning about Hawaii's cultures and history. And if it's raining, it will be a good destination during downtime. It requires about 2 hours to look but can take more if you want to go thru in more detail.
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2021 Trip
BettyAnn_A, Jun 2021
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What an amazing place. My family enjoyed it so much and what a lovely collection. Great information and the staff was very friendly and very informative. I will surely recommend it to my friends and other family members who come visit.
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Family fun for everyone
Felicia_C, Apr 2021
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Fun for the kids to learn and play .great cultural and very educational .I especially loved seeing all the hand made items and how Hawaii became about
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Do not miss the Bishop!
Robert_Y, Mar 2021
Bishop Museum General Admission Ticket
The museum is a must-see in my opinion. It is finely curated with very impressive items such as clothing, ceremonial objects, tools and carvings in addition to the fine paintings and photography. The surfing exhibit is just fantastic and I would recommend seeing it before it ends. The staff is also friendly,enthusiastic and informative. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Science Museum which just re-opened this past week!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The museum charges for admission, and planetarium shows require an additional fee.

  • Free guided welcome tours are offered multiple times every day.

  • Plan to spend at least 2–3 hours exploring the museum’s collections.

  • All exhibits are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

The Bishop Museum is located in the historic Kalihi neighborhood of Honolulu, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of downtown Waikiki; the drive, along the I-H1 highway, takes about 15 minutes. Waikiki’s hop-on hop-off Purple Line trolley stops off at the Bishop Museum as well as other top Honolulu sights like the Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, and Pier 38.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily from morning until evening every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The museum hosts several free welcome tours and planetarium shows as well as storytelling events, hula shows, live music performances, and more; check the museum’s calendar of events prior to your visit.

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The Bishop Museum Planetarium

Bishop Museum’s Planetarium shows are a highlight of a visit. Shows explore the Hawaiian night sky and feature information about traditional Polynesian navigation methods as well as current astronomical phenomena. Some programs are designed specifically for children. Special Saturday evening shows include the opportunity to head out and see the stars from the museum’s viewing deck.

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