Bishop Museum Description

Bishop Museum in Downtown Honolulu is Hawaiis largest museum. It is also home to the most extensive collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts in the world. Named after Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the museum showcases various international traveling exhibits and has a planetarium. The 2005 addition of the Richard T. Mamiya Science and Adventure Center offers kids and adults a hands-on approach to learning about volcanology, marine biology, botany, and other natural sciences.


Bishop Museum was built in 1889 and was constructed to honor Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha. Constructed to house royal artifacts of the Kamehameha Dynasty, including the royal crown of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The museum is dedicated to preserving Hawaiiana for younger generations to learn from.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: We do not stop here on any of our tours.
  • Amenities: Restrooms, refreshments, parking, photo opportunities of unique and one-of-a-kind Polynesian artifacts.
  • Fun Fact: Be sure to check out the Science Adventure Center, where they make 2000 degree lava twice a day!
  • What to Expect: Ancient Hawaiian artifacts, hands-on science exhibits, planetarium shows, and fun for the whole family.
  • Pop Culture: The Dalai Lama visited Bishop Museum on a recent trip to Hawaii.

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