ABOUT Bishop Museum Oahu
Bishop Museum was founded in 1889* by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.
Mr. Bishop built the magnificent Polynesian and Hawaiian Halls on the grounds of the original Kamehameha Schools for Boys. The Museum and School shared the Kapālama campus until 1940 when a new larger school complex was opened nearby on Kapālama Heights.
Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.
Bishop Museum Oahu - Hours:
We are open Wednesday to Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays and Christmas Day (December 25). There is ample free parking on our campus.
Bishop Museum Oahu - Admissions Rates:
Free Admission for Bishop Museum Members
General - Adult $ 17.95
General - Senior, 65 & over $ 14.95
General - child (ages 4-12) $ 14.95
General - child (age 3 & under) Free
Special rates for kama'āina and military visitors are available with proper identification.
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