Bishop Museum

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Facility:Bishop Museum
Description:Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.
Address 1:1525 Bernice St (Cross Street: Kapalama Avenue)
Address 2:
Zip Code:96817
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Hours:Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Christmas (Dec 25).
Admission:General - Adult $ 15.95
General - Senior, 65 & over $ 12.95
General - child (ages 4-12) $ 12.95
General - child (age 3 & under) Free

Discount rates are available for kama'āina and military visitors to Bishop Museum.
Telephone:(808) 847-3511
Website:Visit Website
K. Meade, Co-op Member
This museum has it all! The property is expansive and there are seveal buildings each housing different displays. There is a great planetarium with several shows daily. The new Hawaiian hall is beautifully done and contains many artifacts . The science building has several interactive displays and a huge model volcano that erupts. There is a helpful display that shows the topography of all of the Hawaiian islands (even underwater). The Hawaiian creation myth exhibit can be a little scary for young children (It is a walk through a long dark hallway with fake plants and dayglo paint and not really worth the time). There is another building with excellent traveling educational displays for school age children. Local or tourist, don't miss this field trip!
Laurie C., Co-op Member
As a family we have gone to the Bishop Museum many times. We decided at the beginning to purchase a family membership plus 2, since it was cheaper to do that than pay the normal price for one time entry for our entire family. A tip we have used at many museums and attractions--always look at the member price. You may not think you can go back, but something might come up and then you can go in for even an hour if you end up with extra time. Plus memberships usually give you a discount on their food and merchandise.
My teenagers expecially enjoy the science building and the planetarium. This museum has so much to offer, I would suggest not trying to do the whole thing in one day. We found it to be exhausting and we skipped a lot of good stuff. Good thing we have a membership and can go back!
Cathy M., Co-op Member
We have been purchasing the Annual Family Membership for several years now and always thoroughly enjoy the museum. There is an abundance of excellent information for our Hawaiian Studies. We are also able to use a great deal of what we see and do hands on in the Science area for expanding our science course.
Different exhibits throughout the year give us many opportunities to enhance the learning process. We look forward to the next exhibit.
Melissa G., Co-op Member
We attempted this museum when they had a dinosaur exhibit, but my kids were just a bit too young. My (then) 3 year old was not old enough to do some of the things we wanted to do and eventually grew bored and restless. I would definitely take my older child again. I think he could handle reading the information and learning new things. There were a few things for younger children, but not enough to keep her busy while everyone else looked around. We will go back when she has a longer attention span. ;)
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