Bishop Museum, Honolulu/Waikiki, Hawaii

1525 Bernice St, Honolulu/Waikiki, Hawaii

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Submitted by: Tani S.

This museum is fascinating for both children and adults alike and after so much beach time it was nice to head to a cultural institution. The main bishop museum building with its open atrium like center having animals hanging from the ceiling reminded me so much of Cambridge, Harvard Museum of Natural History but organized much better.  Reading about Hawaii's route to statehood was both interesting and depressing (hadn't realized there was controversy surrounding that issue) and the exhibits were organized and presented wonderfully.   Our daughter loved the science center with the volcano at the center piece (I wish we had more time to actually read and watch the video...but as four year olds are she was bus...

Submitted by: Lanny H.

The highlight of this museum for us was the dinosaur exhibit.  I was expecting fossils and maybe models, but these animatronics were pretty impressive.  My kid was a bit scared, they were so realistic.  The ...

Submitted by: Ed L.

The Bishop Museum is pretty amazing. It's one of those museums that houses alot of Hawaiian heritage and cultural items and showcases it to the world.  Something to treasure if you are a resident of these islands and something cool to take back with you, if you are visiting.  Some Hawaiian artifacts date back to pre colonization, so it was cool to see them preserved and displayed.  The planetarium is a marvel to witness. I have seen the planetarium show a few times, but I admit the show can be quite boring.  Sill its quite mesmerizing to be in there anyway. I only go there when they advertise "family sundays", in which admission is free.  All other times, the admission is $18 per person. Yes, I do admit that...

Submitted by: Nicole K.

I am such a huge fan of Bishop Museum.  I remember going here for fieldtrips and always having fun.  I loved the planetarium and learning about the stars and the constellations. But I've come here recently for work, and I felt like a kid again.  It is a tad bit expensive, but if you get a membership for the year I think that's well worth it.  They have different exhibits, so there's always a reason to go.   Not only do they have different exhibits, they also have events here.  I recently went to a book signing and for the unveiling of the solar panels.  It's so amazing how far Bishop Museum has come since I was a child.   I do wish that parking was a little bit better, but hey, I'm willing to search and wait...

Submitted by: Jennifer P.

Just ok. I thought the admission was a bit expensive($18 a person) for what we were able to see. One of the halls was closed, so couldn't go in. We did the planetarium navigation show which is 45 minutes long. I felt like I was in a middle school science class, lol, but it was informative and I did learn a few things. The main hall with all of the Polynesian culture was the best. Definitely learned a lot and my favorite actually was the Kahili room that showcased different Kahilis and had portraits of the Hawaiian monarchs. I'm into history so that was great for me. My bf and I strolled through the dinosaur exhibit. Meh. It was definitely geared toward younger kids. We got bored so we went to the cafeteria t...

Submitted by: Michael W.

As much as I love lying at the beach or snorkeling, I should also make time to get my knowledge on. Since Hawaii is such a unique state, coming to the Bishop Museum is definitely an educational experience. The museum is roughly 15 minutes from Waikiki, but I've also taken public transportation here as well.Nonetheless, driving here is the most efficient. Admission here is about $18 a person. The museum itself is divided up into several buildings laid out around a grass field. The Hawaiian Hall, my favorite and probably the most extensive, is three stories and tells the history of the island of Hawaii. I actually learned a good deal of knowledge in regards to the people, and culture of the islands. If you don...

Submitted by: Kimsa T.

I love museums. [Yeah. I should probably be laying out on a beach or something, but I can't help it. I'm a cultural history nerd.] My little nephew loves the dinosaur exhibit. It's interactive and the dinosaurs move and make noise. It was pretty cool. And, to be clear, they all move and make noise. The Juvenile T-Rex freaked the crap out of me while I was reading the dino-scription! I wasn't expecting it to RAAAAHHWR at me. Embarrassing... The science center was cool too. Learned a lot about the flora and fauna of the island, volcanoes, and oceans in a really interactive way. It reminded me of the Reuben H. Science Fleet Center in San Diego. It had a theme and it was fun way to teach kids about the environme...

Submitted by: Geoffrey N.

Am I a weird tourist?  We normally are supposed to go to Waikiki, parasailing, snorkeling while in Hawaii right?  What can I say, being brought up in NY, I've grown to love museums of all types.   Not what I expected for a museum, but not in a bad way.  Most of the museum is designed for kids or school trips, not really for individuals to explore.  You have the typical dinosaur exhibit, energy exhibit and of course history. To be more specific the polynesian culture history exhibit.  That was very interesting actually.  You learn about the ways of life, tools, and the royal family. The great lawn in the middle of the museum is nice.  Makes you want to lay down and not get up. The admission was a little too s...

Submitted by: Alyssa Y.

I only go to Bishop Museum when the YMCA has their Healthy Kids Day event there every year. This year, my bf & i were stationed to make sure that everyone coming through the doors had a pink or orange wristband on in order to enter. Any OUT OF STATE VISITORS or BISHOP MUSEUM MEMBERS would have to pay or provide their BMM Card to the person working in the booth up front. Well, after a couple of upset people...we asked the staff that were located in the Gift Shop about this process & they said with a short response "No. OUT OF STATE VISITORS do not get to participate in the Healthy Kids Day event with the Y. Bishop Museum Members would have to show their card at the booth, then go down to the registration tabl...

Submitted by: Megan M.

Bishop Museum offers so much to see, but make sure you have enough time to see it all! This isn't a one or two hour trip the museum is huge. The Dinosaurs Unearthed was fantastic, my two 4 year olds and their friend really enjoyed it. They even had a table for the kids to play archeologist's and "dig" bones. I wouldn't take kids under the age of 4 maybe...

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