Bishop Museum

Historical and cultural experiences

Voted "#1 Thing to Do on Oahu by USA Today," The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a royal descendant of King Kamehameha I.

Bishop Museum is proud to be recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens.

In total, Bishop Museum’s collections consist of more than 25 million items, including over 22 million biological specimens and more than two million cultural artifacts derived from a legacy of research spanning more than 125 years.

These collections also include more than 115,000 historical publications, and one million historical photographs, films, works of art, audio recordings, and manuscripts.

More than 300,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. 

Year after year, Bishop Museum is voted one of the top rated activities by review sites from all over the world and is an experience not to be missed!

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