For those who are looking to witness the history, arts, and culture of the Hawaiian people, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is a must-see destination.
Recognized throughout the world for their scientific research, Bishop Museum also offers public educational programs and extensive collections that give a voice to the stories of Hawai’i and the broader Pacific. It also houses one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world.
Charles Reed Bishop founded the Bishop Museum in 1889 in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop – the last descendant of King Kamehameha I. It was specifically established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms, and has since expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai’i and other Pacific island cultures.
Today, 400,000 annual visitors tour Bishop Museum, the largest museum in the state, and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. This visitor destination is where people from around the world learn about Hawai’i’s multicultural and diverse communities. It is also a place where families can learn about their island heritage and discover the wonders of science through fun hands-on exhibits and programs.
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817
By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco and Courtesy Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum