About the Museum
nearly 400,000 visitors each year, Bishop Museum serves as one of Hawai'i's
top destinations, providing hands-on educational experiences to help residents
and visitors appreciate and embrace Hawai'i's rich culture. By combining
education, history, and culture, the Museum strives to fulfill a mission
that was set with its founding in 1889, "to study, preserve and tell
the stories of the cultures and natural history of Hawai'i and the Pacific."
The Bishop Museum was originally designed to house the extensive collection
of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi
Bishop. The Museum has since expanded to include millions of artifacts,
documents and photos about Hawai'i and other Pacific cultures.
Daily programs let visitors discover more about Hawaiian and Polynesian
cultures through live, interactive presentations and exhibit tours. Planetarium
shows showcase Polynesian skies and how voyagers navigated using the stars
to sail the Pacific. Or experience one of the interactive traveling exhibits.
In the new Science Adventure Center, visitors can control volcanic eruptions,
pilot a deep sea rover, see lava melting demos, or walk-through the vivid
environment of the Hawaiian Origins Tunnel. Opened in November of 2005,
the Bishop Museum Science Adventure Center is the only themed science
center in the United States. At the core of the Center's theme is Hawai`i's
unique lands, surrounding oceans and skies which it highlights through
highly interactive displays, creating a connection between the science
and the wonders themselves.
Bishop Museum also houses prestigious research facilities, the Hawai'i
Sports Hall of Fame, native gardens, changing cultural exhibits featuring
contemporary Native Hawaiian artists and intriguing storylines, and more.
Authentic Hawaiian and Pacific books and gifts can be purchased in the
Bishop Museum Shop, including books published by Bishop Museum Press.
See the heritage of Hawai'i come to life at Bishop Museum.
Adventure Center Where you can explore an active volcano, see
molten lava glowing before your eyes, and transform into a rainforest
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