Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is recognized around the world for its scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections.  We are the largest museum in the state and give voice to the stories of Hawai‘i and the Pacific.  The 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.

Discover the history in Hawaiian Hall through three realms-the sea and creation, the realm of man and daily life, and the heavenly realm honoring our Hawaiian chiefs.

Learn about Polynesian navigation or view the rings of Saturn in our J. Watumull Planetarium.

Experience the thrill of an erupting volcano, and see a molten lava show in our Science Adventure Center.


Photo credit: Travis Okimoto

Afterwards, you can enjoy a Hawaiian food plate-lunch or a snack in our open-air café.  Bishop Museum Café by Highway Inn offers a limited menu of Hawaiian plates, poke bowls, sandwiches, and snacks from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily and is closed on New Year’s Day.

Bishop Museum is open 7 days a week and closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  Parking is $5 per car per day.  The Museum is located only 6 miles from Waikiki and 1 mile from the airport.  Bishop Museum has received Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence award several years in a row.

Currently on Exhibit

Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
 August 13, 2016-Feb. 26, 2017 

Homefront Hawai‘i: Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration
December 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017

Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

 Located near downtown Honolulu and the Honolulu International airport
1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, HI 96817
808.847.3511

Website - http://www.bishopmuseum.org/