Visit the Pacific’s Premier MuseumO‘ahu
For more than a century, the BISHOP MUSEUM has been the keeper of Hawai‘i’s vast store of natural and cultural history. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai‘i and boasts the world’s largest collection of Polynesian artifacts.
Charles Reed Bishop built the sprawling museum at 1525 Bernice St. in Honolulu in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. Established to house the Princess’s extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms, the museum has expanded to include documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific Island cultures.
A significant portion of that priceless cache is housed in the three-floor HAWAIIAN HALL gallery, which has undergone extensive renovations in recent years. With its volcanic stone exterior and extensive use of native koa wood, the Hawaiian Hall, constructed in three phases from 1889 to 1903, is considered a masterwork of late-Victorian museum design.
Other permanent and traveling exhibits also are on display at the museum. The SCIENCE ADVENTURE CENTER offers a highly interactive environment where visitors can feel the heat of a volcano and explore Hawai‘i’s natural environment. The museum’s state-of-the-art Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium offers a
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After a three-year, multi-million dollar renovation and restoration process, the museum unveiled the brand-new PACIFIC HALL (formerly the Polynesian Hall) in late 2013. This two-floor gallery represents a new perspective on the story of Pacific cultures through artifacts and objects uncovered by researchers during archeological expeditions in Tahiti, the Marquesas, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, China and Taiwan.
Bishop Museum’s newest tour, the HAWAII MONARCHS TOUR, features a combination experience including stops at the Bishop Museum and ‘Iolani palace with lunch and transportation provided. The tour occurs weekly on Wednesday, Friday and saturday, and runs throughout the day from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Now, Bishop Museum makes it easier for folks to visit with their free round-trip shuttle service from Waikiki. shuttles pick up passengers on Wednesdays, Fridays and saturdays at 9:45a.m. at the Ilikai Hotel flagpole and 10a.m. at the Duke Kahanamoku statue. You’ll arrive back to your Waikiki pick up spots at 1p.m. or 1:15p.m. seating is first-come, first-served with a 21-person bus capacity. Look for the green and white Rogers Hawaii bus, which will transport you to Bishop Museum.
• Bishop Museum (808) 847-3511