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Bishop Museum – Hawaii’s Largest Museum

The Bishop Museum in Honolulu on Oahu is one of Hawaii’s most popular attractions. As Hawaii’s largest museum, you’ll find excellent exhibits covering Hawaiian royalty, natural history, and much more.

 

Bishop Museum building

The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 in the same location of the Kamehameha School for Boys (the school was relocated in 1940). Charles Reed Bishop envisioned the museum as a tribute to his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The Princess was the very last of the royal Kamehameha family. She owned many treasures from the royal family, as well as numerous artifacts and other heirlooms.

 

 

The museum has grown substantially since its inception. Today, it has the honor of being internationally recognized for its collections, research, and educational programs. Exhibits are constantly revolving, so there’s always something new to experience.

When you go, be sure to check out the Hawaiian Hall, which has three floors of Hawaiian artifacts. Learn about Hawaiian gods and legends, Hawaiian royalty, and daily life for early Hawaiians.

Also stop by the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, which is housed in the Bishop Museum. Learn all about the awesome contributions Hawaii has made to the world of sports and check out some of the records that Hawaiians hold.

Another big attraction is the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center. Learn about Hawaii’s oceans, volcanoes, seismic activity and more through a variety of interactive, immersive, hands-on displays. Don’t miss the center’s 26-foot-tall erupting volcano, the working tsunami simulator, the remote control-operated mini-submarines, or the lava-making demonstration (yup, it’s HOT!).

This is one museum you don’t want to miss, so when you’re in Honolulu, make sure to add it to the itinerary!

 

 

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