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Bishop Museum, Honolulu

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Home to the largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts, Bishop Museum was founded in memory of the Charles Reed Bishop's wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last heir of the Kamehameha dynasty. Most of the original building was used as a school for indigenous boys. When the school moved, the museum expanded. In addition to the permanent collection, traveling exhibits move through the Castle Memorial building, and science exhibits are housed inside the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center. To visit Bishop Museum on your holiday in Honolulu, and find out what else Honolulu has to offer, use our Honolulu.
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed the bishop museum and it’s displays. It was too bad I was relying on the trolley out of Waikiki or I’d have stayed longer. The whale and shark skeletons were impressive as was... 
    I thoroughly enjoyed the bishop museum and it’s displays. It was too bad I was relying on the trolley out of Waikiki or I’d have stayed longer. The whale and shark skeletons were impressive as was...  more »
  • When I called to see how much time I should allow to see this museum I was told a couple of hours. We spent most of the day here. 
    When I called to see how much time I should allow to see this museum I was told a couple of hours. We spent most of the day here.  more »
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  • A lot of great information here, but my family and I all left feeling a little like we still didn’t understand the culture fully. We came to try to learn more about Hawaiian culture and Polynesia. However the information was sort of just jumbled everywhere. It would be better if there was a chain of events lined up for you. Organization is a huge part of teaching. They have the artifacts grouped together, but the timeline is missing. The artifacts they have here are priceless and extremely beautiful! But outsiders with no background of the history will have a hard time grasping the basic concepts. It seems like you almost need a little bit of prior knowledge before coming here to really appreciate everything they have to offer. If the museum could incorporate a timeline somewhere explaining the exact history of Polynesia and the islands, that would be helpful to everyone! Dumb it down for us so that we can all advocate for the culture and people of Hawaii 🌺🤙🏽 Some of us tourists want to appreciate the history and traditions! We aren’t all there for Waikiki beach 😉😁 My five year old daughter did really enjoy the kids science building across the campus. The slide for the volcano is hardly a slide though, the kids can’t even slide down it because it’s not inclined enough😅 could use a revamp! We did like the glow in the dark tunnel a lot though! But overall enjoyed our time there. The price was a little steep for three adults and a child, but I’m hoping that the museum will improve with feedback like ours🤞🏽 Would love to come back and learn more at some point!
  • Definitely awesome and worth going to if you're visiting. It's more than just Hawaiian culture but does dive into the history Hawaii and how it became the colony and then state. Some very beautiful shots of pre colonization Waikiki that makes you wonder how beautiful it was before the natural habitat was ruined. We went early and had no wait. Our hotel got us free admission, which was very cool

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