The Bishop Museum is a local science and history museum that focuses on Hawaiiana and natural history with a massive collection of cultural artefacts and natural historical specimens. It has one of the largest collections of Polynesian artefacts in the world.

Anyone fascinated by history will enjoy a trip to this museum. With the sheer number of exhibits and specimens, it'll take you a good 3 or 4 hours to explore everything on offer here. In total, this museum cares for more than 25 million individual treasures encompassing both cultural and natural history.

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Bishop Museum highlights

One of the most impressive aspects of Bishop Museum is the architecture of the buildings themselves. They're crafted in the unique Richardsonian Romanesque style, which incorporates a revival of French, Spanish, and Italian styles from more than 1,000 years ago. With that in mind, you'll be impressed before you even step foot inside.

You'll find numerous categories of artefacts inside, but the archaeology section is particularly interesting. It contains samples from all across the Hawaiian Islands as well as more than 50 other islands throughout Oceania. This collection is split up between Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific Islands.

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Good to know when visiting Bishop Museum

Before you visit Bishop Museum, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Reaching the museum is fairly easy, as it's located near city centre and the airport, so bus lines and taxis can get you directly there.

Accessing the best the museum has to offer is easy as well. For the price of admission, you can visit every exhibit and gallery in the museum. If you're booking a group visit, it's typically best to book at least 72 hours ahead of time. Additionally, any caregiver or assistant to a disabled visitor can get in for free.

Bishop Museum

Location: 1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA

Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Phone: +1 808-847-3511