Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

#17 in Best Things To Do in Honolulu - Oahu
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Key Info

1525 Bernice St.

Price & Hours

$24.95 for adults; $16.95 for kids 4-17; free ...
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

If you want to find out more about Hawaiian history and culture, then head to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Named after the last descendant of the Kamehameha royal family and wife of museum founder Charles Reed Bishop, this property houses more than 24 million historical, cultural and natural artifacts about Hawaii and the Pacific. Exhibits include the three-story Hawaiian Hall (where visitors can learn about Hawaiian gods, key events in Hawaiian history and more) and the Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame (an area devoted to Hawaiian sports history).

According to previous visitors, this museum is packed with interesting displays that appeal to travelers of all ages. In fact, many families raved about the property's interactive spaces and the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center's free lava demonstration. Some also recommended paying an extra $2.95 to see one of the planetarium's shows.

The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is located in Honolulu's Kalihi neighborhood. Driving is the easiest way to reach the property, but a $5 per vehicle fee applies to park on-site. Several buses also make stops within walking distance, or you can pay $7 per person for round-trip transfers between the museum and Waikiki on the Bishop Museum Trolley. Buy a combined General Admission plus Transportation ticket on the attraction's ticket page and you'll save $2 on trolley expenses.

Standard tickets cost $24.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $16.95 for children ages 4 to 17. Discounted rates are available for members of the military, and kids 3 and younger get in for free. All admissions include access to the property's exhibits, a cafe, restrooms and a gift shop. Bags weighing more than 20 pounds must be stored at the Admissions Desk for $5 per item. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find out more by visiting the museum's website.

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Nineteenth-century Hawaiian royalty used to come to the Honolulu neighborhood of Waikiki to relax and surf, just as scores of tourists do today. That's because this area's famous beach (which is a string of several beaches dotting the island's southwest coastline) is the go-to spot for its soft, honey-colored sand and the high waves that lap the shores during the winter months. But you don't have to be a surfer to appreciate Waikiki Beach; just lie back on a beach towel, relax and gaze up at the majestic Diamond Head State Monument in the distance.

When you need a break from the beach itself, there are scores of shops and restaurants lining the adjacent Kalakaua Avenue. The street is home to some of the world's most exclusive (read: expensive) designer boutiques, including Cartier, Coach, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Many of the best Oahu hotels also overlook Waikiki Beach.

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