Bishop Museum. Museum in Oahu, Hawaii

Bishop Museum

Museum in Oahu, Hawaii

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Bishop Museum was built for Princess Bernice Pauahi. She was the last heiress of the Kamehameha Dynasty (Wikipedia Article) in Hawaii. Her husband, Charles Reed Bishop, who’s a co-founder of Kamehameha Schools and of the First Hawaiian Bank, created the museum in her memory. William Tufts Brigham was the first curator ever of the museum who later became the director of Bishop Museum from 1898 up to 1918 in quite an old age.

The princess herself was a philanthropist and left in her will that the native Hawaiian children would go to school. Consequently, Charles Reed Bishop, her kindhearted husband as well, built the Kamehameha Schools. The Hawaiian Hall and Polynesian Hall architectural style was in Richardsonian Romanesque style which was quite popular that time.

Which used to be an educational institution of the native Hawaiian children as the princess indicated was converted into a museum dedicated to her and of learning as well. Today, the halls house natural wonders like the large Sperm-Whale skeleton. The Hawaiian Royal regalia including the king and queen’s crowns are on display as well.

What to See

If there is any place in Hawaii that illustrates the islands’ history best, it is the Bishop Museum. For over a century, the museum’s most notorious scientists have collected more than 24 million objects that demonstrate the entire history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Among these artifacts are cultural relics tells the story of the Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islands, and the Hawaii immigrants. These pieces reach about 1.3 million.

Additionally, the museum houses more than 100-thousand historical publications, 1 million historical photographs; films, art works; audio recordings, and manuscripts. Aside from the cultural compilation, Bishop Museum also has rich natural history collections. Of all places in the world, Bishop Museum has the largest records ever regarding Hawaii and the Pacific.

The museum has a large collection of natural history. The collections are divided into categories such as Entomology (insects), Botany (plants); Vertebrate Zoology (animals), Invertebrate Zoology; Ichthyology (fish), Malacology (shells); and the Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity (DNA). Among the people’s favorite things to see in the museum are the vertebrate zoology section which has large collections of 15-thousand in the mammalogy section, more than 7-thousand bird species, 17-thousand reptiles and amphibians, and 30-thousand fossils.

The Bishop Museum’s ichthyology research and collections have about 102-thousand specimens. Among these fish are elasmobranches namely the sharks, skates, rays; the plectognaths which are the triggerfish, filefishes, boxfish, puffers; and other families like the surgeonfish, blennies; gobies, wrasses; moray eels, damselfishes; and groupers.

The museum also holds different exhibits many times in a year. In the recent years it has organized very interesting exhibits like the Scream Machines which explored the science behind scary and exciting amusement rides like the rollercoaster, the guitar exhibit which showcased the science, history, and cultural impact of the musical instrument, the Doraemon exhibit which of course presented the popular Japanese character, the Dinosaur and Ice Age mammals exhibit which demonstrated life-sized moving and screaming ancient animals, and Sesame Street to name a few.

The museum opens Wednesday to Monday every 9a.m. to 5p.m. It has admission fees of $ 19 USD for most people but lower for kids and senior citizens. Just remember that taking photographs and videos inside is not allowed.

How to Get Here

Going to the Bishop Museum from the airport, given that you are driving a car you rented or a friend’s, merge onto the H-1 Eastbound through the ramp to Waikiki/Honolulu. Exit at 20A at the Likelike Highway. Stay in the highway until you find Bernice Street on the right side.

If you are from Waikiki by car, head southeast on Kalakua Avenue. Turn left at Kapahulu Avenue. Follow the sign that says H-1 West, then take the ramp onto I-H1 W. Exit at 20A to HI 63 N Likelike Highway. Finally, turn right at Bernice Street and there you will find the museum.

On the other hand, if you are coming from Waikiki still but through public transportation, take bus number 2. Alight from the bus at the intersection between a school and Kapalama Streets. Walk down to Kapalama Street until you find Bernice Street. When you have reached Bernice Street, turn right and you’ll find the museum.

You can also come to the museum by taxi. From Waikiki, it could roughly cost more or less $ 25 USD . From the airport which has closer distance between Waikiki and Bishop Museum, it will cost you less than $ 20 USD .

Similar Attractions

There are many other museums in Hawaii such as the Honolulu Museum of Art, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Hawaii State Art Museum, Mission Houses Museum, USS Missouri, The Contemporary Museum, Lyman House Memorial Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Fort DeRussy Military Reservation, Hawaii Maritime Center, Hulihee Palace, John Young Museum of Art, Bailey House Museum, Falls of Clyde, and Iolani Palace.

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Author: kimn. Last updated: Mar 18, 2015

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