Past Exhibits

World of Wearble ArtWorld of WearableArt™

October 3, 2015 – February 1, 2016
Castle Memorial Building, First Floor

New Zealand’s largest international design competition, The World
of WearableArt
™ Awards Show, known as WOW®, is where fashion
and art collide. The garments produced for the show are constructed
from an extraordinary array of materials that are worn like clothing.

The very best of the WOW® permanent collection is an exhibition
comprising 32 award winning garments, integrated audio visual
presentation, a dynamic mobile app “STQRY” and an interactive
workroom with touch screen technology.

Bishop Museum is the first museum in the U.S. to host this international touring exhibition in partnership with the New Zealand Government.

World of WearAble Art     New Zealand

Dinosaurs Unleashed

This Spring, over a dozen life-like animatronic dinosaurs will stomp and roar at Bishop Museum in the exciting and interactive family exhibit Dinosaurs Unleashed.

The exhibit will be on display in Castle Memorial Building from Feb. 28 to Sept. 7, 2015.

Visitors will marvel at replicas of some of the fearsome giant reptiles of the Mesozoic. They will learn about the Maiasaura — "caring mother lizard" — with her baby and a nest of eggs. Of course, the ever-popular "tyrant lizard," Tyrannosaurus rex, will thrill children of all ages.

Interactive stations and activities will highlight how these animals flourished in their respective environments. Hands-on learners and aspiring paleontologists will have the opportunity to test their mettle in a dinosaur dig, create colorful bone imprints, and control a robotic dinosaur skeleton, just like those featured in the exhibit!  .

Nani i Ka Hala: Weaving Hawai‘i

Nani I Ka Hala

The traditional Hawaiian practice of weaving hala (pandanus, Pandanus techtorius) has been a cultural force throughout time, from its functional roots in precontact Polynesia to its widespread recognition today as a celebrated visual art form. On March 28th, Bishop Museum will unveil Nani I Ka Hala: Weaving Hawai'i, an original exhibition that addresses the vital need to collect, share, and perpetuate this tradition as part of Hawai'i's heritage and vibrant living culture.

The beauty and significance of hala is woven throughout our history and throughout this exhibit. In ancient times, the sails of voyaging canoes were plaited of hala, and utilitarian hala baskets and mats were commonplace. The introduction of foreign items that replaced Hawai'i-made mats and baskets encouraged weavers to further their creativity, leading to a distinctive and truly exquisite Hawaiian style of hala hats that are coveted and treasured as fine art.

Come walk through the stories, the beauty, and the wisdom of ulana lau hala in Nani I Ka Hala: Weaving Hawai‘i, on exhibit in the J. M. Long Gallery from March 28 through July 27, 2015.

Tradition and Transition: Stories of Hawai'i Immigrants

Tradition and Transition

Fall 2011 - May 4, 2015

Castle Hall's second floor gallery features special treasured stories in focus cases, a timeline of Hawaiian history, video stations, and significant artifacts and document to relay the history of Japanese in Hawai'i.

Inspiring stories abound when the discussion centers on the challenges faced by immigrants coming to a new homeland. Tradition and Transition, Stories of Hawai'i Immigrants presents these and celebrates the diversity brought by all ethnic groups who contribute to the economic strength and cultural multiplicity of Hawai'i.

Tradition and Transition, Stories of Hawai'i's Immigrants celebrates the stories of challenge and victory, tales of hardship matched with those of success. It is a story that focuses on the strength of human spirit and the power of change.

For children, a Pā'ani Place is for kids to learn about multi-ethnic playthings and pastimes.

The hallway adjacent to the main exhibition gallery is Ho'olaulea Hall, filled with large photomurals, hanging celebratory items, and smaller exhibit cases that focus on multiethnic celebrations.

At the end of the Ho'olaulea Hall, will be Ho'okipa Parlor, a recreation of the interior of a plantation home living room, welcoming visitors who wish to sit a while and browse books on various local ethnic traditions or watch some old news reels of plantation-era Hawai'i.

Tradition and Transition: Stories of Hawai'i's Immigrants is funded by generous gifts from the Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and Hawai'i Imin Shiryo Hozon Kai.

Tateuchi Foundation

Change: 125 Years Through the Eyes of Bishop Museum

December 12, 2014 - March 16, 2015
Long Gallery

Change: 125 Years Through the Eyes of Bishop MuseumFor 125 years, Bishop Museum has chronicled life in the Hawaiian Islands. Over that time we’ve seen tremendous changes to Hawai‘i, our people, our cultures, our environment, and our place in a global society.

In this exhibit, explore how everyday life in Hawai‘i has changed since Bishop Museum was founded in 1889. Some changes have been for the worse and some for the better, and the future holds still more changes that will inevitably transform this place and the people who call it home.

The emphasis of the exhibit will be the common lived experience of life in the Islands. Rather than create a linear chronological sequence through the period, the exhibit will examine change thematically, with more than a dozen large graphics panels exploring topics like Communication, Work Life, and Transportation.

Each topic area will let visitors explore deeper with interactive stations:

Change: 125 Years Through the Eyes of Bishop Museum
Above: Punchbowl Crater, or Pūowaina. Left, 2014. Right, c.1890.

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Scream Machines

September 27 2014 – January 26, 2015
Castle Memorial Building, First Floor

Scream MachinesScream Machines explores the science behind roller coasters through fun, interactive experiences. Settle into your seat for a roller coaster ride simulator - "Ride the Great Ones" lets you experience five of the world's greatest roller coasters viewed on a large screen from the seat of a roller coaster car.

Equally popular is "Revolver," or "The Spin Room." Enter a circular space, about ten feet across, and feel the entire room start to turn. As the room rotates, roll a ball to someone on the far side of the revolving room. A little bit of a challenge, since the entire room is spinning! It's a good demonstration of what NASA does when it aims a rocket at Mars – the rocket is aimed at where Mars will be when the rocket arrives there, not where the planet is at launch. On a smaller scale, "The Spin Room" requires the same technique of aiming the ball at where the person will be when the ball arrives.

Scream Machines also features an elaborate model of a roller coaster called "The Black Plague." The roller coaster car descends through the whirlpool hill, through two teardrop loops, and turns twice over in a double corkscrew.

Interactive stations invite kids to create their own roller coasters. Kids will be amazed as they explore the impact of height, loops, speed, curves and gravity in the design of a roller coaster!

Scream Machines is designed by the Ontario Science Center, who gave us the popular exhibits Circus: Science Under the Big Top (2010) and Facing Mars (2011).

Scream Machines opened to the public on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The exhibit runs through January 26, 2015, the last day of public school holiday break. Join us this fall and Christmas season for some educational roller coaster fun!

Scream Machines generously supported by Aloha Petroleum and Horizon Lines.

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Nature's Wonders:
Spectacular Specimens from the Collections of Bishop Museum
August 2 - December 1, 2014

Nature's Wonders

The first exhibit of its kind in Hawai'i showcasing some of the more fascinating, incredible, and beautiful natural history specimens from the collections of Bishop Museum. All displayed from an aesthetic point of view, Nature's Wonders opened to the public on August 2, 2014, in the J. M. Long Gallery and is on display until December 1, 2014.

Aesthetics is the appreciation of things as they affect our senses, especially in a pleasing way. We appreciate the beauty in the world around us on a daily basis — fiery sunsets, majestic mountains, and sparkling beaches with perfectly formed waves.

Everywhere we see displays of colors, smell fragrant flowers, hear the birds singing their melodies. These are examples of things many of us experience every day. But what is on display in Nature's Wonders are items from Bishop Museum's natural science and cultural collections that few people outside of Museum staff have ever seen.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World
May 10 - September 1, 2014

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the WorldVisitors will experience 5,000 square-feet of the science, sound, history, and cultural impact of the guitar through both historical artifacts and engaging, hands-on displays. The exhibit features more than 60 musical instruments that range from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative; from the viheula of 17th century Spain to the electric Fender Stratocaster, and to the guitar as re-imagined in the Guitar Hero video game.

The exhibit also includes ancestors of the guitar, from the Persian tanbur to the Renaissance lute, and from the banjo to Hawaii's beloved 'ukulele. The exhibit also addresses the 'science of the guitar' through interactive displays that explore how guitars and amplifiers produce sound, examining for example the ways in which the density of wood shapes the sound of music. The exhibit even features what is officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's biggest playable guitar, over 40 feet long and 16 feet wide.

MAMo 2014: He Kumu Kukui
May 2 - July 21, 2014

MAMo 2014Now in its ninth year, the MAMo Awards is a pivotal aspect of Maoli Arts Month, a community-based effort to celebrate the depth, breadth and diversity of the Native Hawaiian visual arts community. Co-sponsored by Bishop Museum and PA'I Foundation, these awards recognize those within our midst who have dedicated their lives to the creation of work which honors the beauty and enduring artistry of the Hawaiian people.

An exhibition, MAMo Awards 2014: He Kumu Kukui, featuring the works of this year's awardees, will be on display at Bishop Museum's J.M. Long Gallery from May 2 to July 21, 2014.

Meet! Doraemon: Japan's Time-Traveling Cat
An Exhibition by Fujiko F Fujio Museum
February 15–April 20, 2014

Doraemon Bishop Museum breaks new ground this February as it hosts the US premier of the dynamic and exciting exhibit, Meet! Doraemon Japan's Time-Traveling Cat. This special limited engagement exhibit opens on Saturday, February 15, 2014, and runs through Sunday, April 20. Developed by the Fujiko F Fujio Museum in Kawasaki, Japan, the exhibit explores the world of Doraemon, a blue time-traveling robotic cat from the future.

This colorful and lively exhibit will feature large statue-like images of Doraemon characters inside the Castle Memorial Building and on the lawn. Interactive stations will allow kids and adults alike to explore the Doraemon universe. Look for recreations from the Doraemon story such as the magical "anywhere door" and Nobita's room. A video theater will run clips from Doraemon movies and a special art gallery will showcase the actual original artwork from the series' creator, Fujiko F Fujio.

Ni'ihau Shell Lei

October 26, 2013 – April 14, 2014
Ni'ihau Shell LeiA private collection of over 60 stunning and pristine lei will be featured in "Ni‘ihau Shell Lei: Ocean Origins, Living Traditions" examines the science behind Ni‘ihau shells, as well as its manufacturing history and the master craftsman who make them.

This exhibit will be showcased in the Bishop Museum's Long Gallery.

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LEGO®: Travel Adventure

LEGO Travel Adventure

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LEGO Travel AdventureThis October Bishop Museum will bring the blockbuster children's exhibit, LEGO® Travel Adventure to Honolulu! In this exhibit, children are invited to create vehicles capable of flying, driving, and floating – or all three.

To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations, children are asked to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all kinds of terrain – mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts, and more. This newest LEGO exhibit is filled with colorful backdrops, kid-friendly building activities, and eye-popping LEGO sculptures.

LEGO Travel AdventureA spaceship that sails under the sea? A blimp that ferries a boat? LEGO Travel Adventure invites children and families to use one of the greatest building materials of all time --- LEGO® bricks ---- as a vehicle for imagination. Where do you want to go? What does your vehicle need to do to get there?

In LEGO Travel Adventure, you're not just along for the ride! Choose an amazing destination and build your dream machine! Inspired by LEGO models of famous vehicles like the Wright Brothers' biplane, you can make the perfect means of transportation. What will you build?

'Ike Loloa: A Long Insightful Journey

May 17, 2013 - October 7,2013

“We listen to our kūpuna, our ancestors, our treasures, for they are our culture holders and carry cultural knowledge and wisdom for us today.” —Maile Andrade

Maile AndradeSince 2006, the Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) Award has been bestowed upon more than 20 Native Hawaiian master visual artists. From painters to carvers of stone and wood, from lauhala weavers to kapa artists, these awardees bear testament to the depth, diversity and artistry of the Hawaiian community. Bishop Museum’s commitment to honoring these awardees has included hosting an annual exhibition in the J. M. Long Gallery.

This year’s awardee is Ivy Hāli‘imaile Andrade, better known as Maile Andrade. She will receive the MAMo Award in a public presentation in Bishop Museum’s Atrium Courtyard on Friday, May 17th at 6 p.m., followed by the opening of the exhibition, ‘Ike Loloa: A Long Insightful Journey. The exhibition will remain on display until October 7, 2013.

A multimedia artist, Maile has exhibited in numerous shows, locally, nationally, and internationally. “I believe that art is a powerful means of depicting the journey of one’s life. Everyone is an artist—whether the art be dance or writing. The lessons we learn along the way come through in our art,” Maile says.

Life Through Time:
Dinosaurs and Ice-Age Mammals

April 27 - September 15, 2013

Life Through Time

The entertaining and educational exhibit features 10 full-sized moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs and ice-age mammals. The exhibition starts in the time of the Ice Age, more than 2.6 million years ago, with a family of Saber Tooth Tigers and a Mastodon, which most closely resembles a modern day elephant. Going even farther back in time, visitors are transported to the age of the dinosaurs where they will encounter the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex and a giant Apatosaurus, once known commonly as a Brontosaurus. Examine the hatchlings of the Maiasaura and see how dinosaurs cared for and raised their young.

Additional features include a hands-on robotic skeleton which visitors can control, crayon rubbing tables of simulated bone impressions, and a dinosaur dig. “Museumgoers frequently ask our staff when the dinosaurs plan on coming back,” said Mike Shanahan, director of visitor experience, education and planetarium. “After a two-year hiatus, we are proud to finally announce their return, along with their ice age friends to teach us how life on earth evolved after the extinction of the dinosaurs.” Life Through Time: Dinosaurs and Ice Age Mammals is presented by Horizon Lines.

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Mānu‘unu‘u ka Welolani -
The Chiefly Cultures of Polynesia

September 17, 2011 - Summer 2013

Manu‘unu‘u Welolani

The exhibit focuses on symbols of rank, including whale ivory adornments and feathered cloaks. Also featured are utilitarian objects ranging from stone adzes to bone and shell fishhooks.

These objects, too, were significant in Polynesian societies for their use in sustaining thriving populations, and coupled with the objects of the chiefs, characterize Polynesian material culture.

Right: Detail of the carved features of a long club from Rapa Nui. Photo By David Franzen

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The Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program (NHCAP)

John Young Foundation

Xtreme BUGS - December 8 - April 22, 2013

Xtreme BUGSExperience the invasion of Xtreme BUGS at Bishop Museum starting December 8th running through April 22, 2013.

The exhibit of epic proportions will feature everything from Xtra-large animatronic bugs, including a 15 foot long Japanese hornet, a larger than life Tarantula and Orchid Mantis!

Xtreme BUGS will take museumgoers along a journey across the 12-acre campus to view more than 20 oversized animatronic bugs, from a fluttering monarch butterfly and ladybug to a praying mantis and a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach.

Additionally, there will be nearly 130 larger-than-life stationary insects and flora, some grouped in themed action scenes, including bees pollinating, spiders hunting, ants feasting upon a scorpion, and cicadas hatching.

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American Heroes:
Japanese American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the
Congressional Gold Medal

March 9 through April 14, 2013

Nisei Gold MedalBernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is honored to be one of only seven museums in the country to host the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to Nisei World War II veterans in recognition of their exceptional service, sacrifice and loyalty to America. The limited-run exhibition, American Heroes: Japanese-American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal, shares the inspiring story of men who fought with bravery and valor on the battlefields of Europe and Asia, even as many of their loved ones back home were held in internment camps. 

The Medal will be accompanied by an educational package with an iPad application, social learning website and curriculum. Centered on the character values associated with Japanese American veterans—courage, respect, humility, perseverance, compassion and citizenship—these materials will provide users with a constantly-growing, social learning community.

The Medal will be located within the Tradition and Transition: Stories of Hawai'i Immigrants exhibition with supplemental displays on the floor below.  In addition Bishop Museum will offer special programming, panel presentations, lectures, and films.

American Heroes: Japanese American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal was developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Collaboration with the National Veterans Network and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Accompanying educational materials were developed by the National Veterans Network in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

In honor of their accomplishments and sacrifices, Bishop Museum is providing free access to WWII Nisei Veterans for the duration of the American Heroes: WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal exhibition, which is on display through April 14, 2013.

In addition, Saturday programming related to American Heroes: WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal, which takes place in Atherton Halau from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, is free and open to the public.  Attendees will be allowed to visit the exhibition at the conclusion of each program.

March 9 - Opening Day Events

Throughout opening day, on Saturday, March 9, 2013, Bishop Museum will be FREE to kama'āina and military with valid i.d.  Please join us for the unveiling of this special exhibition.

10:00 am | Opening Ceremony | Great Lawn
With special guest speakers and a keynote address by Major General Robert Lee, USA, Retired.

11:15 am | Special Presentation | Atherton Hālau
Panel Discussion on how Japanese-American veterans, led by John A. Burns, successfully fought another war – a political one. 
Featuring the Honorable James S. Burns, Brendan P. Burns, the Honorable Ben Cayetano and the Honorable George Ariyoshi, and moderated by Dan Boylan.

1:00 pm | Sneak Preview of "All that Remains" | Atherton Hālau
Excerpt from a Kumu Kahua Theatre production about the WWII Nisei experience, followed by Q&A with playwright Mona Z. Smith and director Traci Mariano.

American Heroes: World War II Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal was developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in collaboration with the National Veterans Network and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Accompanying educational materials were developed by the National Veterans Network in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

The national tour is made possible by the support of AARP, Cole Chemical, Comcast/NBC Universal, the Japanese American Veterans Association, Pritzker Military Library, the Shiratsuki Family and Southwest Airlines.

Bishop Museum is grateful to our presenting sponsor, the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation, as well as the following organizations: Hawaii News Now, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and the Kazuo and Mary Yamane Family Foundation for their programmatic support.

Bishop Museum also wishes to acknowledge the guidance and support of:
100th Infantry Battalion Veterans
  442nd Veterans Club
  Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Fund
  Go For Broke Association
  Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i
  Kapi'olani Community College

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HI Fashion: The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen - EXTENDED THROUGH FEB. 25

Textured Lives

HI Fashion: The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen tells the story of how a Honolulu-based designer elevated the aloha shirt to the world of high fashion and made aloha wear a clothing trend that is here to stay. 

The exhibit will be the largest collection of Shaheen designs ever shown. The extraordinary display of more than 200 pieces, including aloha shirts and the famous Hawaiian Bombshell Dress, represents Shaheen’s work over a 40-year period. The exhibit also features archival photos and ads that recall how his textiles were designed, manufactured and marketed. The collection comes from Shaheen’s daughter, Camille Shaheen, and her husband, William Tunberg, who have been collecting Shaheen's designer wear since the late 90’s as a way to document family history.

Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from the Plantations of Hawai‘i

Textured Lives

The exhibit features items carefully collected and researched by scholar and author Barbara Kawakami. The exhibition will run from August 18 through October 15, 2012 on first floor of Castle Memorial Building.

Through a colorful display of intricately woven and hand painted kimono and pre-war plantation clothing, rare oral histories, photographs, and moving images, this exhibition gives voice to the unknown stories embodied in the textiles and sheds light on the innumerable hardships of the early issei of Hawai‘i..

Sesame Street Presents: The Body

Sesame Street: The Body

April 7 - July 30, 2012

Sesame Street Presents: The Body offers an engaging, free-flowing learning experience set in the fun, familiar and reassuring world of Sesame Street. The loveable Sesame Street Muppets anchor an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive and multimedia experiences that allow children to explore the human body and how to keep it healthy. Each exhibit area has multiple activities to provide age appropriate and exciting learning opportunities for children at a variety of developmental levels.

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Facing Mars

October 15, 2011 - January 2, 2012

Facing Mars

Would you leave behind your family, friends and familiar surroundings to risk your life on a three-year, round-trip voyage to explore the next frontier in our solar system? Visitors ask themselves these questions before entering Facing Mars, Bishop Museum’s next exhibit running from October 15 – January 2, 2012.

Visitors will face the same critical decisions that scientists and astronauts will face, including the big question, “Would an intrepid trip to Mars be viable for humans?”

Going to Mars—and Getting Back: Perhaps some of the biggest questions complicating the journey to Mars are the emotional and psychological ones. “How will isolated and cramped quarters affect a crew once Earth is just another speck in space?” In Facing Mars visitors’ own sense of personal space, tolerance for monotony and lack of stimulation is put to the test. Innovative propulsion and spacecraft design is critical to the success of a mission to Mars. Facing Mars provides visitors the opportunity to design and experiment with their own air-powered rocket designs. The more fuel-efficient the design, the more cargo the craft can carry and more comfortable the trip for the travelers. Visitors can test your mental and physical durability by spinning 30 seconds before solving puzzles, performing emergency space surgery or repairing a solar panel.

Living on Mars: Visitors will see what kind of weather they can expect to see on Mars, try simple tasks under low air pressure, see what kinds of foods they can eat and even experience what it feels like to walk on Mars at only 40 percent of their Earth weights.

Looking for Life: Are we alone? Could Mars be home to alien life? How would we recognize Martian life if it differed vastly from ours? Investigate why some scientists think Mars may have once sheltered life, and how we can understand the Martian environment by examining some life forms on Earth.

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Dinosaurs Unearthed - Feathered Discoveries

March 5 through September 5, 2011

Dinosaurs Unearthed

In the last decade, the discovery of feathered dinosaurs in Liaoning Province, China has shifted popular thought and caused paleontologists to re-evaluate the appearance of theropod dinosaurs around the world.

The fossils discovered in Liaoning were exceptionally well preserved, which has allowed scientists to draw significant conclusions about feathers, color, and environmental influences.

The discovery has drawn the fascinating connection between ancient dinosaurs and modern birds. Scientists have found that feathers first evolved as a means of warmth and display and later became specialized to the extent that flight was possible.

Fighting for Democracy

October 16 2010 though January 23, 2011

Fighting For Democracy

Developed by the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum funded through a Congressional appropriation and in partnership with the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Fighting for Democracy experiential exhibition premiered in Los Angeles in 2005 and provided the diverse perspectives of seven ordinary citizens whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II.

This exhibition asks visitors to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America.

Creatures of the Abyss

September 29, 2010 through January 9, 2011, Castle Memorial Building

Giant Squid


Take a journey to the most inaccessible ecosystem on Earth—the deep Sea!

Have you ever thought what it might be like to explore the earth’s last unknown territory? Delve into the deep ocean and discover Creatures of the Abyss at Bishop Museum, on exhibit from September 29, 2010 through January 9, 2011.

Creatures of the Abyss takes visitors on a journey through the depths of our planet’s oceans. Exhibits and experiences include full-scale models of sea creatures and their environments, preserved specimens, mechanical interactives, multimedia experiences, large full-image graphic panels and maps.

Lizard Fish

With Creatures of the Abyss, visitors will discover both the physical features of the deep ocean and the fascinating creatures that inhabit these special places. It is a mysterious, immersive and awe-inspiring glimpse into another world!

Visitors will stare eyeball to eyeball with a 26-foot-long model of a colossal squid, take virtual and interactive tours of a deep-sea hydrothermal vent, enjoy a show inside the Bioluminescence Theater, meet mysterious creatures from all of the world’s oceans, and more!

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E Kū Ana Ka Paia: Unification, Responsibility and the Kū Images

June 5 through October 4, 2010, Hawaiian Hall & J.M. Long Gallery

British Museum KuBishop Museum, the British Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum are partnering to bring together the three largest Kū images in the world for a historic exhibition this summer. It will be the first time in over 150 years that three traditional Kū images of this size and magnitude have been displayed alongside one another.

Since the reopening of Hawaiian Hall in August 2009, Bishop Museum's Kū image has been prominently displayed as a central piece in the Hall. The British Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts both have Kū images in their collections. Those two Kū will be loaned to Bishop Museum for the duration of the exhibition.

Kū is known throughout the Pacific as the god of procreation, prosperity, and warfare. Coinciding with the bicentennial of the unification of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the unification of these Kū images provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore issues such as cultural identity, family and community responsibility, political sovereignty, and the role of museums in fostering cross-cultural dialogue.

PEM KuThe images will be on display during the season of Kauwela, a time traditionally associated with Kū. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience these three incredible images.

This project is a momentous undertaking involving many stakeholders and funders. They include: The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, PA‘I Foundation, the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts project, the Education through Cultural and Historic Organizations project, and the Hawai‘i congressional delegation.

Photo credits:

Top left: © Trustees of the British Museum.

Bottom right: Courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, Photographer Dennis Helmar.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Surfing: Featuring the Historic Surfboards in Bishop Museum's Collection

June 19 through September 6, 2010, Castle Memorial Building

SurfingA thousand years after Hawaiians first paddled longboards in to the ocean, modern wave riders continue the practice we know as surfing. Enjoy this glimpse into the fascinating past of surfing, one of Hawai‘i’s gifts to the world, through historic images from Bishop Museum Archives along with historic surfboards from the Museum’s renowned collection of artifacts.

Trace the historical transformation of surfing’s image through the centuries, from Polynesian myths of love to an account of an exotic “amusement” that presented nothing but “horror & destruction,” as well as recollections of surfing as a character-building activity and sometimes the test of one’s romantic interest.

Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War”

June 26 through September 12, 2010, Castle Memorial Building, Second Floor

Still Present Pasts

The Korean War (June 1950–July 1953) had a devastating effect on Korea and a significant impact on the United States.

On June 26, 2010—almost 60 years to the day after the war’s start—a unique exhibit about the Korean War and its legacies will open at Bishop Museum. Still Present Pasts is a multi-media exhibit that uses art, video, history and spoken word created by a young generation of Korean American artists to explore the long shadow of the war. The exhibit also features oral narratives of Koreans who lived through the conflict.

The Honolulu appearance of Still Present Pasts has been spearheaded by the non-profit Biographical Research Center, with financial support from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.

You can learn more about Still Present Pasts by visiting the exhibit's website.

E Kū Ana Ka Paia: MAMo Awards 2010

April 17 - May 24, 2010, J.M. Long Gallery

In this, the 200th anniversary of Kamehameha’s unification of the Hawaiian Islands, we honor the lifetime achievements of two master visual artists: beloved weaver Auntie Gladys Grace, and renowned contemporary sculptor, Bob Freitas.

We remember those whose labors have paved the way, who have helped form our foundation and build our walls again, whether through the creation of fine lauhala hats, or the delicate balance of stone and steel.

Admire the achievements of Auntie Gladys Grace and Bob Freitas as we thank them for ensuring that our walls will forever stand firm. E Kū Ana Ka Paia!


Ka Lei Pāpale

Friday, November 13, 2009 through Sunday, May 31, 2010

HatsKa Lei Pāpale, the wreath of hats, is an exhibition featuring Bishop Museum’s 19th and 20th century hat collection alongside contemporary hats by experienced craftsmen of today. This collaborative effort between Bishop Museum and the plaiting community of Hawai‘i honors the skills of our kūpuna.

It also recognizes the continuity of traditional knowledge and its perpetuation into the future. These delicate and sometimes elaborate examples are rarely displayed in this manner, a real treat for anyone with an interest in Hawai‘i’s fashion heritage.

The voices and stories of the past reside within each piece, making this exhibition not only a gathering of hats from the past and the present, but a genealogy and living story of plaiting in Hawai‘i.

Circus! Science Under the Big Top

February 13th through May 2nd, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages! Step right up and test your balance on the highwire, perform amazing feats of strength, and discover the hidden secrets of amazing contortionists and—gulp!— sword swallowers. We invite you to experience all of the thrills of a circus performer when Circus! Science Under the Big Top comes to Bishop Museum on February 13, 2010.

How might it feel to soar high above the audience? Which muscles work to bend your body into the shape of a pretzel like a contortionist? Can you create music to match the movements of circus performers? What are circus animals really thinking? How much force does it take to bend a steel bar? Twenty activity stations will help you explore the science behind the spectacle in this delightful interactive adventure.

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C.N. Wodehouse Bishop Museum Trust (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee)

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Long awaited! After three years, dinosaurs have returned to Bishop Museum. Dinosaurs Unearthed features the jaw-dropping outdoor spectacle of a full-sized, Tyrannosaurus Rex and facing off against a full-sized, moving Triceratops on the Museum’s lawns, plus a full set of indoor dinosaurs in Castle Building.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is 22 feet high and 49 feet from the tip of his tail to the end of his nose; the Triceratops is ten feet high and 26 feet from the end his tail to the tips of his horns.

Inside, visitors will experience another five full-sized robotic dinosaurs, from the crested 11-foot tall Parasaurolophus to the Metriacanthosaurus (an Allosaurus-type predator) to a winged Pterosaur. In addition to the full-sized creatures, the exhibit features miniature robotic dinosaurs, including Apatosaurus (the former “Brontosaurus”) and Stegosaurus, and a full-sized T. Rex head. The exhibit also includes a full set of fossils and several dinosaur skeletons.

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MAMo Awards 2009: Celebrating Our Masters

May 3, 2009 - October 2009
Joseph M. Long Gallery

This year’s MAMo Awards exhibit highlights the work of two native Hawaiian master artists: “Gussie” Bento and Alapa‘i Hanapi. Bento is a quilter, feather worker, and weaver. Hanapi is a master carver from Moloka‘i.

The 2009 MAMo Awards exhibit, located in the Joseph M. Long Gallery, also includes selected works from previous MAMo awardees, making this exhibition an unprecedented example of the breadth, depth, and diversity of contemporary native Hawaiian art. These artists are: Imaikalani Kalahele; Rocky Jensen; Herb Kane; Mary Lou Kekuewa; Marie McDonald; Ipō Nihipali; Leialoha Kanahele; Jo-Anne Kahanamoku; Joe Dowson, Sr., Sam Ka‘ai, Sean Browne, Pua Van Dorpe; Elizabeth Lee; Hanale Hopfe; Al Lagunero; and David Parker.

The MAMo Awards are co-sponsored by Bishop Museum and PA‘I Foundation. MAMo (Maoli Arts Month) began four years ago as a community-based effort to celebrate Native Hawaiian master visual artists who have devoted their lives to the perpetuation of Hawaiian arts.

Backyard Monsters

June 13 - September 7, 2009
Castle Memorial Building

Summer 2009 is the time for big, big bugs at Bishop Museum! Backyard Monsters features six giant-sized moving robotic insects. From the chills of a 12-foot tarantula to the drama of two Atlas Beetles fighting it out to the grace and beauty of a giant Monarch Butterfly, the animatronic creatures of Backyard Monsters bring the often-secret world of insects vividly to life.

Each of the creatures is between 10 and 12 feet in length. Other featured insects include a Tomato Caterpillar that towers nearly 12 feet high; a paper wasp with a 15 foot wingspan; and a stationary Dragonfly overhead.

The exhibit also includes nine insect display cases and a full set of interactive exhibits that help visitors explore bug sounds, worldwide insect population and insect vision.

Backyard Monsters has been completely refurbished by Adventure Edutainment, an Odyssey Attractions/Garner Holt Productions LLC. The exhibit has won the prestigious endorsement of the American Entomological Society and has appeared at such leading venues as the Field Museum in Chicago, the Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul) and Science World Vancouver.

Mahalo to our sponsors:

Coca Cola


Horizon Lines

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions


February 14, 2009 - May 25, 2009
Castle Memorial Building

This exhibit is created by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon in collaboration with the Cartoon Network. Animation is everywhere! Every time we turn on a TV set, go to a movie, or surf the Internet, we see animated segments. But how does animation really work? Get ready to explore the science behind the art when you visit Animation!

From concept to finished product, visitors will learn all about the intricacies of the art of animations. From storyboarding to character design and drawing techniques, to movement, timing, filming, and sound—come to Animation and see how it all works. Larger than life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit, which also explores the history of Animation and features a screening room and a cartoon museum.

To illustrate convincing movement, animators apply knowledge of the physics of motion, and the science of human perception. Animators plot out a character’s path of action on a grid before producing an animated sequence. The animator creates characters in scale with their environments through the use of basic geometry and spatial sense.

Several of the exhibit areas feature digital slide shows of real animators working in the studios at Cartoon Network. Visitors will learn about the skills and training needed to pursue a career in animation.

Six thematic areas are explored in the Animation exhibit:

History: Learn about early animation and apparent motion. Visitors can try using a praxinoscope, posing a three-dimensional figure and spinning it to se the figures morph into a single animation. At the penny Arcade, you can “crank” out animations with an old-fashioned mutoscope.

Animation Studio: Explore the process of animation, story creation, and animator techniques and tools. You can develop a storyboard from a series of picture cards, design objects with a pantograph, and create scenes using layered cels and moving backgrounds.

Art in Motion: With help from the characters of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, discover why art and math are important allies when it comes to creating characters, motion, and change. The illusion of movement will come alive as you magically “move” around a room without using your legs.

Animation Laboratory: In Dexter’s Laboratory, you can delve into the science and technology that make animation possible. Create the illusion of a bouncing ball with the technique of ”squash and stretch” and find out how the action slows down or speeds up with time-lapse videos. You can also see yourself hover while exploring visual effects in a full-body interactive experience.

Sound and Stage: Discover the principles of sound and phonetics with the Kids Next Door, while exploring the complexity of matching phrases to different mouth shapes. You can add your own voice to a silent animation, and set the mood of the film by selecting background music from a variety of soundtracks.

Cartoon Museum: Take a seat in an intimate theater setting and view clips of popular animations while learning the secrets behind their production. Examine important artifacts such as cels, models, and storyboard drawings from classic and favorite animations such as Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, and The Flintstones.

Mahalo to our sponsors

John Young Foundation


7- Eleven Hawaii

Horizon Lines

Diamond Head Self Storage


September 20, 2008 – April 19, 2009

Joseph M. Long Gallery

‘Ili Iho: The Surface Within explores four textile treasures from Bishop Museum: a magnificent feathered cloak, a fine makaloa mat, intricate kapa, and an infamous protest quilt. Guest-curated by Hawaiian artist Maile Andrade, this exhibit also features eight contemporary Hawaiian artists who have created their own works based on the exploration of these ancient creations, all of which delve beyond the surface to examine the thin veil between past and present, traditional and contemporary.

Participating artists are: Maile Andrade, April Drexel, Imaikalani Kalahele, Kapulani Landgraf, Marques Marzan, Harinani Orme, Carl Pao, and Maika‘i Tubbs.

‘Ili Iho coincides with the Textile Society of America's 11th Biennial Symposium, which will be held in Honolulu from September 24-27, 2008.

This exhibit is supported by funding from the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Ford Foundation.

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Oct 11, 2008 - January 11, 2009

Castle Memorial Building

The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida, has created Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, a new traveling exhibition that highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding giant prehistoric sharks. Related to the modern great white and mako sharks, the 60-foot-long Megalodon lived worldwide until it became extinct 2 million years ago. Megalodon’s beautiful fossil teeth are prized by collectors.

This exhibit conveys current research findings of University of Florida paleontologists and showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several collections. Learn about the process of science and shark conservation. Walk through a sculpture of a 60-foot long Megalodon. Find out what they ate, its size and structure, how long it lived, who its neighbors were, how it evolved, and why it became extinct.

Mahalo to our sponsors:

Honolulu Advertiser

Horizon Lines

Island Air

And the Wodehouse Trust


May 17, 2008 through September 21, 2008
Castle Memorial Building

Download the schedule for our summer Whales Lecture Series.

Learn all about the gentle giants of the sea in this robotic traveling exhibition from WonderWorks. This exhibit tells their 54-million-year-old story, from early life on land to their journey back to the sea. Life-size robotic whales illustrate the major categories of whale origins, adaptions and behavior from feeding and reproduction to swimming, vocalization, respiration, and diving. The exhibit will feature full-sized robotic versions of a Baby Gray whale, a Humpback whale and an Orca, and animated heads of a Northern Right whale and a Sperm whale.

Whales are the descendants of land living mammals of the Artiodactyl order. Whales are the closest living relatives of hippos! They both evolved from a common ancestor at around 54 million years ago. Whales entered the water roughly 50 million years ago. These cetaceans are divided into two suborders: Baleen whales which have a sieve-like structure in the upper jaw made of keratin that is used to filter plankton; and toothed whales which have teeth and prey on fish and squid.

Like all mammals, whales breathe air into lungs, are warm-blooded, and feed their young milk from mammary glands, and have some hair. Whales breathe through blowholes located on the top of the head so the animal can remain submerged. Baleen whales have two blowholes, while toothed whales only have one. Whales have a unique respiratory system that lets them stay underwater for long periods of time without taking in oxygen. Sperm whales are known to stay underwater for up to two hours holding a single breath!

Whales live from 40 to 200 years, depending on their species, but it is rare to find one that lives over a century. Whale flukes are often used to identify whales and they communicate with each other using lyrical sounds. Being so large and powerful, whales sounds are extremely loud and can be heard for many miles.

The exhibit features several participatory stations where visitors can learn to identify whales the way scientists do; by their songs, their markings, their fins and tails, and their behavior. The six large motorized creatures on exhibit operate on air pressure and were constructed in Los Angeles. Andrewsarchus will be the first motorized creature to greet visitors as they enter the show.

This hairy, ugly, land-dwelling mammal with a snout is included in the exhibit because it belongs to a group of primitive carnivorous land mammals dating back 50 million years, which scientists believe may have been the predecessors of whales. The subsequent displays feature a tail-waving orca, a lanky basilosaurus, and the gray whale with a calf, among others. Inside each creature is an aluminum and steel robotic skeleton.

The movements of the robotic whales are controlled by a computer mounted in the creature’s base. The computer regulates the flow of compressed air through a series of air lines and valves to various cylinders. As air is forced through the system, it causes the piston inside each cylinder to move in and out. Large cylinders are used for tail and flipper movements, while small cylinders are used for the eye and mouth movements. A sound system, controlled by the same computer, is mounted in the base and is used to create life-like whale sounds. The skin is made from thick foam with a flexible elastimer coating that shows all the bumps and folds of the full-size clay sculpture. The whales’ creators have gone to great lengths to make the exhibit as authentic as possible, including putting lice and barnacles on some of the whales and even the sounds of the thumping whale heartbeat.

Mahalo to our sponsors:

National Marine Sanctuaries

Wyland Waikiki

Bank of Hawaii

And the Wodehouse Trust

Created and Produced by WonderWorks


April 19 through July TBA, 2008
Joseph M. Long Gallery

Bishop Museum will begin the third annual Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) by honoring a select number of Native Hawaiian master artists with the exhibition, MAMo Awards 2008: Celebrating our Masters in the Joseph M. Long Gallery.

Coordinated by Bishop Museum’s Noelle Kahanu, MAMo Awards 2008: Celebrating our Masters honors six Hawaiian master artists who have tirelessly championed the cause of Native Hawaiian arts. The exhibition celebrates these artists through the presentation of artworks that attest to their lifetime achievements.

The art exhibition is part of MAMo, a month-long community-based event in May celebrating Native Hawaiian art, artists, and cultural practitioners with a host of activities and events at a variety of venues throughout Honolulu, including the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Chinatown Arts District, The Arts and Marks Garage, as well as Bishop Museum.

MAMo organizers include Bishop Museum, PA‘I Foundation, Keomailanai Hanapi Foundation, Hale Naua III, Maoli Arts Alliance, as well as other Native Hawaiian artists and organizations, and the City and County of Honolulu, Mayor’s Office for Culture and the Arts.

February 9 through April 20, 2008
Castle Memorial Building, First Floor

Gross Out! Get the scoop on poop! When was the last time you were really en-GROSS-ed? Welcome to Animal Grossology, the interactive exhibition that takes a slightly different view of Fluffy, Fido, and the rest of the animal kingdom. Prepare to meet frogs that give birth by belching.

You may think leeches are pretty disgusting, but did you know that they’re used after some surgeries to assist in the healing process? Play Tranfusion Confusion to discover which animals have what color blood. This is the slimiest, stinkiest, and downright yuckiest creatures on Earth—you’re gonna love it! Come learn why a cat’s anatomy is the reason why it spits up hairballs. Discover the mystery of the incredible tapeworm.

Eeeuwwww… Animal Grossology is a sequel to the popular exhibit Grossology, which Bishop Museum presented in the summer of 2006. Animal Grossology is an exhibition created and produced by Advanced Exhibits, a division of Advanced Animations L.L.C. Books published by Price Stern Sloan, A member of Penguin (USA) Inc.

Made possible by Horizon Lines & 7 Eleven      

Created and produced by Advanced Exhibits

Brain: The World Inside Your Head
October 13, 2007 through January 20, 2008

What did Abraham Lincoln, Thomas A. Edison and Albert Einstein have in common? Besides being great minds, they all suffered from disabling and debilitating brain disorders. Both Einstein and Edison were dyslexic, and Lincoln suffered from severe depression. Bishop Museum will present a multi-million dollar interactive exhibition that will help make brain-related disorders easier to understand. The groundbreaking traveling exhibition is made possible by Pfizer Inc and was produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In Honolulu, the exhibition is sponsored by Horizon Lines.


June 2, 2007 through September 3, 2007

Speed engages guests in the scientific and human qualities of going fast using examples from race cars, roller coasters to cutting-edge research. At the heart of each experience is the physical reality of speed, illustrating the math and physics of acceleration, horsepower, and friction.

SPEED exhibit was created by COSI Columbus with support from the National Science Foundation and collaboration with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Lost Maritime Cultures: China and the Pacific
February 24, 2007 through April 15, 2007

Castle Memorial Building, First Floor

The extraordinary archaeological discoveries in Southeast China and the shared history between prehistoric China and the Pacific will be revealed in this exhibition. The maritime civilizations that flourished from 7000-3000 years ago finally came to light when modern archaeology started in China about half a century ago.

Visitors will discover the rare artifacts from the Hemudu Culture and other prehistoric seafaring societies in modern Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces, and experience the splendor of the Liangzhu Culture and the Bronze Age cultures of Southeast China. It is believed that some of these “lost” maritime civilizations are the ultimate ancestral cultures of the Austronesians whose descendants eventually colonized most of the Pacific islands, reaching as far as Hawai‘i, New Zealand, and Easter Island around 1000 years ago.

This exhibit is sponsored by The Freeman Foundation.

Pa`a Ka La`a: Animism and Totemism
Open through April 22, 2007

J. M. Long Gallery

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hale Naua. This group of artists, each linked by blood to the kanaka maoli, is dedicated to the restoration and perpetuation of the culture and traditions of Hawai‘i Nei. Now, Directors Rocky and Lucia Jensen, have reached across the Pacific to foster a union between the kanaka maoli and the Inupiaq Tribe.

With this exhibition, Hale Naua begins a new journey into the world of traditional and conceptual contemporary art forms. Pa‘a Ka La‘a will showcase the work of over two-dozen native artists, including Native Hawaiians. The exhibit powerfully illustrates the influence that Animism and Totemism-fundamental beliefs of all First Nation People- have on artistic expression. Interspersed throughout the exhibit will be rare ‘aumakua images from the Museum’s collection


Dinosaurs Alive!

December 10, 2006 through January 28, 2007

Nā Hulu Ali’i: Royal Feathers

September 2, 2006 through January 8, 2007

Sentenaryo: 100 years of Filipinos in Hawai`i

September 30 through November 26, 2006

Ho’okahi Kapa: Layers of Life

July 22 - October 22, 2006

Sesame Street Presents: THE BODY

January 7, 2006 – April 2, 2006

Celebrating Chinese Women: Qing Dynasty to Hawai‘i

April 22-May 21, 2006


June 11 – August 28, 2006


Hawai‘i, A Sense of Place: Island Interior Design

September 10, 2005 – November 27, 2005

Ho‘ohuli, To Turn Around

December 10, 2005 – March 12, 2006

Baby Dinosaurs (Wonderworks)

October 8 – Dec 11, 2005

Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World’s Most Remote Island Sanctuary

Reptiles: Real and Robotic

May 28, 2005 through September 11, 2005

Come face-to-face with a 23-foot long Nile Crocodile or a 36-foot long Western Diamondback Rattlesnake without having to risk life or limb at Bishop Museum's newest traveling exhibit, Reptiles: Real and Robotic!

Visitors can experience a close encounter with these monstrous reptiles and learn about their cold-blooded nature, biological diversity and durable adaptability. Highlighting the four major reptile groups - lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles, Reptiles: Real and Robotic aims to capture the imagination of the whole family while educating visitors on common misconceptions of reptiles. The exhibit dispels many myths that have lead to these creatures being sources of fear rather than awe at their amazing evolution.

Other exhibit highlights include larger-than-life robotic models of an Alligator Snapping Turtle and a Jackson Chameleon, a "Let's Eat" section looking at a reptile diet, and an exploration of Snakes and Venom.

Reptiles: Real and Robotic is an exhibit from Kokoro. This exhibit is sponsored by Horizon Lines, Kraft@ Foods and Papa John's Hawai‘i.

Nature's Numbers
A Forest Journey
Sierpinski Pyramid

January 29, 2005 through May 8, 2005

Nature's Numbers. From the exquisite pattern of a butterfly wing to the ruggedness of a coastline, our physical word is filled with intricate patterns, shapes, and symmetry; all of which involve math. Bishop Museum's upcoming exhibit Nature's Numbers challenges visitors to discover the nature of math.

Test the Kiddie Kaleidoscope and see the fascinating reflections it makes, or play with the Tetrahedron Topple and build amazing structures. Four activity stations filled with these hands-on activities and much more are guaranteed to take you on a mind-boggling exploration.

A Forest Journey. This rich interactive exhibit takes a look at the history of the use of wood throughout the world. Interactive components will teach visitors about the greenhouse effect, tree life cycles and evolution, types of forests and much more! If its related to trees, this exhibit will take you there and beyond!

Nature's Numbers and A Forest Journey are exhibits developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum.

These exhibits were supported by Horizon Lines.

Mathematical Masterpiece on Display. Enter the wacky world of the Sierpinski Pyramid to find out how 4,096 little triangles, 10,000 coffee stir sticks, and 250 rolls of tape come together to form an amazing 20-foot tall structure. Mathematics in its various forms are put to the test from January to May, as this intriguing pyramid is built before your eyes by Jon Bromberg's geometry students from Damien Memorial School.

Catch geometry in motion, as various hands-on activities will also be available throughout the duration of this project.


If These Walls Could Talk

October 2, 2004 through January 4, 2005

From classical physics to new findings in environmental science, from deeply held cultural beliefs to spectacular feats of engineering, buildings reveal fascinating stories of human ingenuity and science. This exhibit about constructing buildings features 20 interactive components. Produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota, and made possibe with support from the National Science Foundation.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Scream Machines

June 5, 2004 through August 29, 2004

The traveling exhibit from the Ontario Science Centre features interactive exhibits for thrill-seekers. The exhibits, artifacts and images encourage visitors to experience the physics of roller coasters and to learn about the physiology and psychology of thrill-seeking. Visitors can ride the G-Force and experience the gravitational forces astronauts must endure. They can step into the Revolver or test their resistance to motion sickness. Simulation and immersion experiences are part of the exhibit.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

What In The World Is It?

May 1 , 2004 through June 30, 2004

This high energy, walk-through exhibit about animal identification features five mystery stations hidden in a giant maze. Visitors listen to sounds and other clues and figure out What in the World Is It. The experience includes a colorful world map game card, which is a take home piece. The exhibit, from Minotaur Maze Exhibits, is specifically designed for families with children.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Remains of a Rainbow

January 17, 2004 through April 11, 2004

As the rainbow remains a hallmark in the Hawaiian Islands, so do the pristine waters, colorful wildlife, and exquisite native plants. Offering visitors the chance to see Hawai‘i 's native species through the lenses of two world-famous photographers, Remains of a Rainbow runs from Saturday, January 17, 2004 through April 11, 2004 upstairs in the Castle Building.

Savage Ancient Seas

February 7, 2004 through April 18, 2004

The traveling exhibit from Triebold Paleontology features the Cretaceous world of huge carnivorous marine reptiles, fish and pterosaurs, unrivaled for their amazing varieties, voracious appetites, incredible teeth and gaping jaws. Dramatic mounted skeleton casts accompany real fossil specimens and other oartifacts. An Extinctions Module uses the fascinating event at Chicxulub, a giant crater in Central America, to explain what happened to these creatures. The Exit Module talks about the survivors of the savage sea.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.



October 18, 2003 through December 28, 2003

A traveling exhibit being developed by the Field Museum of Chicago - the same folks who brought us Sue T.Rex! The exhibit takes a look at the relationship between human culture and this rain forest treasure. It talks about history, cultures, and industry, and includes interactive experiences. In-house components will be developed related to the chocolate industry in Hawai‘i. The exhibit provides a great opportunity to include programs on tasting, cooking, and baking (not to mention merchandise!).

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.


June 14, 2003 through September 2, 2003

Find out why robots make great basketball players, learn how to fool a motion detector, and hold a conversation with an android when Robotics opens Saturday, June 14, 2003 at Bishop Museum. The national traveling exhibition from the Carnegie Science Center on display at Castle Memorial Building, features twenty hands-on activities that demonstrate the similarities between humans and robots.

Using thematic areas such as sensing, thinking, and acting, Robotics offers exciting, interactive activities that provide a unique look at what robots are, how they work, and how they are changing the future. Visitors can program a seven-foot-high industrial robotic arm to shoot hoops with “ABB Basketball Arm;” learn why robots cannot perform simple human tasks at “Tie Your Shoes;” build and operate a motorized robot; talk to an android; meet two famous robot explorers; and outwit a robot in a race against the clock. In addition, visitors can investigate the ways robots are increasing productivity, creating a safer workplace, providing higher-end career opportunities, and enriching our lives.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.


October 5, 2002 through January 5, 2003

A traveling exhibit from the Pacific Science Center, Genetics! will introduce visitors to one of the most exciting areas of scientific research. Using fun and inventive interactives, Genetics! will help provide visitors with an informed basis for understanding the scientific and ethical issues we see in our world every day. Topics include DNA, cell function, inheritance, genetic engineering and cloning, ethical issues, an introduction to some of the people behind important discoveries in the field of genetics, and an exploration of genetics-related careers.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs

June 26, 2002 through September 15, 2002

A traveling exhibit from Dinosaur Productions, featuring real skeletons from China, Argentina, U.S., Mongolia, Canada, Germany, modeled dinosaurs, large landscape murals, and the SUV from the movie Lost Worlds. Based on the Steven Speilberg films, the exhibit is interactive, explores the behavior of dinosaurs, and their extinction.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Hui Panala‘au: Hawaiian Colonists, American Citizens

May 25, 2002 through June 16, 2002

An in-house traveling exhibit telling the story of how 60 young Hawaiian men were sent to occupy remote deserted islands in equatorial Pacific from 1935 to 1942. The exhibit will include oral histories, photographs, objects and programs celebrating the achievements of these young Hawaiian students.

Life Through Time: From T.Rex to Sabretooth

February 15, 2001 through May 19, 2002

A traveling exhibit from Kokoro, featuring animated models of various dinosaurs and ice age mammals, including saber toothed tigers and woolly mammoths, through various ages of life. The exhibit talks about the evolution of life on Earth.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Color Play

September 15, 2001 through February 3, 2002

Learn the information about how colors are created, and how they effect you.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Robot Zoo

June 9, 2001 through September 3, 2001

This exhibit inspires wide-eyed wonderment as 8 complex animated robots, including a chameleon, rhinoceros, grasshhopper, giraffe, and a housefly with a 10-foot wingspan imitate the functions and inner workings of the animal world. Discover how a squid propels itself, a chameleon changes color, or a fly walks on ceilings through some of its many interactives.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

X-treme Science! Exploring Oceans, Volcanoes, & Outer Space

January 27, 2001 through May 28, 2001

Some of the most exciting and important scientific research in the world is going on right here in Hawai‘i . And it's being done by scientists who explore places most of us never have a chance to visit--the deep ocean, volcanoes, and outer space.

Come explore in "X-treme Science! Exploring Oceans, Volcanoes, and Outer Space," a fun, hands-on exhibit full of adventure. Crawl into a submarine on an undersea volcano, witness a tsunami, walk across an active lava flow, steer a rover over the surface of Mars, and much more. Find out about the scientists themselves and what methods they use to make their exciting discoveries! "X-treme Science" is the largest exhibit ever developed entirely in-house at the Bishop Museum. It is funded by NASA. The purpose of this exhibit is to introduce to the public some of the explorers and scientists right here in Hawai‘i who are doing eye-popping, cutting edge scientific research in the fields of planetary science, earth science, and ocean science.

Visit the XtremeScience Website!

Engineer It

November 4, 2000 through January 1, 2001

Bishop Museum's great new exhibit, Engineer It, explores the enjoyable and creative sides of engineering by showing participants how you go about designing boats, bridges, windmills and airplanes, then testing performance in water tanks, shake tumbles and wind tunnels.

There are three major testing areas in the exhibit that provide opportunities for visitors to investigate the design and engineering process: Water, Structures and Wind. Experiment with gears and pulleys, operate a cargo crane, experience an earthquake, or strap on some wings and step into a wind tunnel. The open-ended discovery process is fun for all ages.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Sue T. Rex

July 15, 2000 through October 15, 2000

A life-sized cast of Sue, the largest, best preserved and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, will star at the Bishop Museum this year from July 15 through October 15, 2000. The exhibit is sponsored by McDonald's Corporation and was developed by Chicago's Field Museum, where the actual fossil will be unveiled this May. The 45-foot-long replica of Sue promises to fill the first floor of the Castle Memorial Building and will be accompanied by interactive exhibits, video footage, touchable casts of bones, and colorful graphics.

Only 21 other T. rex skeletons have been found, and those were less than 60 percent complete.  Sue T. Rex is more that 90 percent complete and extremely well preserved, making it one of the most important fossil finds ever.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

To Mars!

May 20, 2000 through December 3, 2000

Mars! Come explore our facinating neighboring planet.

Aloha From Waikiki

February 26, 2000 through July 4, 2000

Learn about the history and elegance of this area of O'ahu.

To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions

February 12, 2000 through May 7, 2000

A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Museum that highlights the history and uniqueness of Quilts.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Backyard Aliens: A Close Encounter

March 20, 1999 through February 6, 2000

Backyard Aliens: A Close Encounter has been developed in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration- NASA- as part of its Earth Sciences mission. The exhibit and its programs provide opportunities for you to expand your understanding of our changing environment on Earth, and in particular Hawai‘i .

Alien introductions are causing significant changes to our Island environment. Explore the changes happening in your backyard and you will understand the massive global changes that are happening all over the world.

As partners with NASA we are committed to excellence in education. We provide lifelong learners with information and experiences in science, mathematics, technology, and geography.

By stimulating a better understanding of the complex issues that face our planet, we hope to insure the sustainable development of our environment while improving the quality of life on Earth.

Celebrating the Achievements of Filipino-Americans in Hawai‘i

October 3, 1998 through February 28, 1999

Filipinos have played a major role in the history of 20th century Hawai‘i . Since the first groups of Filipino immigrants arrived in Hawai‘i , Filipino-Americans have made significant contributions to the cultural, social and economic growth of Hawai‘i . Yet their achievements are not as well known as they should be. The exhibit will celebrate these achievements, as well as explore cultural and social values, contributions of World War II veterans to the allied victory in Europe and the Pacific, and Filipino-American role models in science, education, medicine, community service, and music and entertainment. The exhibit includes interactive displays, photographs, objects, headphones, graphic panels, maps and a timeline.

Animal SuperSenses

September 26, 1998 through March 8, 1999

We live in a world of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures, and use our five senses to figure it out. Like other animals, senses help us to survive. Senses help animals communicate, gather information, locate mates, food and danger, and navigate by land, sea and air. Recent research shows that many animals see, hear, smell and sense far more than we humans do. In Animal SuperSenses, visitors find out what it is like to see for miles, detect invisible rays, hear an insect's footsteps, and find their homes from thousands of miles away. The exhibition has three basic sections, devoted to Hearing, Vision and Other Senses. Specific activities include The Sound Spectrum, Echolocation, Night Vision, Infrared Sense, Compound Eyes, Tactile Sense, and Electrical Sense. Animal SuperSenses was developed by The Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

Bishop Museum's Hawai‘i in Space Exhibit

May 23, 1998 through September 7, 1998

On Saturday, May 23rd, Bishop Museum "blasted off" into space with an exciting new exhibit created in partnership with NASA. The theme of Bishop Museum's Hawai‘i in Space Exhibit is exploration into the unknown -- by astronauts creating a International Space Station, by astronomers and other scientists here in Hawai‘i , and even by crewmembers exploring the Pacific aboard the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule`a . You'll learn the important role Hawai‘i has played in our nation's space program through the years, from tracking stations and capsule recovery to Apollo astronaut training on the "lunar" landscape" of Kilauea Iki volcano.

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

In the Dark!

January 31, 1998 through May 3, 1998

Soar through a forest at night. Become a jellyfish balancing in the darkness of the deep sea. Crawl inside a giant bat head. You'll be amazed at what you find In The Dark. It's a totally wild, totally touchy, feely way to explore the fantastic and unique ways that animals and plants live in darkness!

This exhibit was supported by Horizon Lines.

From Bento to Mixed Plate:
Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Multicultural Hawai‘i

October 25, 1997 through January 5, 1998

This exhibit was organized by the Japanese American National Museum and its Hawai‘i Advisory Council in cooperation with the Bishop Museum. Collaborating partners are Hawai‘i Okinawa Center, Japan American Society, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i , State Department of Education and Tokai University. Funding for the exhibition was provided in part by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Japan Foundation, Center for Global Partnership and the generous support of many other businesses and individuals.

Ocean Planet: A Multi-media exploration into the wonders of the sea

May 24, 1997 through October 5, 1997

We may call it Earth, but ours is truly an Ocean Planet. Approximately 75 percent of our planet is covered by ocean. These vast waters blanket mountain ranges higher than the Himalayas, valleys deeper than the Grand Canyon, plains as wide as the Serengeti, and millions of plant and animal species that have yet to be discovered. Beginning Saturday, May 24, Bishop Museum will offer a spectacular exploration of this largely unknown aquatic territory with " Ocean Planet," a major interactive traveling exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution.

Ocean Planet is organized by the Smithsonian Institution's Environmental Awareness Program and the National Museum of Natural History, and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Major support for the exhibit is provided by the National Science Foundation, Times Mirror Magazines, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Ocean Planet at Bishop Museum is sponsored as a community service by Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Additional support is provided by GTE Hawaiian Tel and the Bis hop Museum Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program. The exhibit was brought to Hawai‘i by Sea Land Service, Inc.

Na Mea Makamae: Treasures of Hawai‘i

January 25, 1997 through May 4, 1997

Bishop Museum's world-renowned collection of cultural objects and natural science specimens comes to life in Na Mea Makamae: Treasures of Hawai‘i , an engaging, interactive exhibition of many of the most rare and rarely seen artifacts, objects, and specimens preserved over the past five centuries. The exhibition, on display through May 4, 1997, is sponsored by Bank of Hawai‘i with additional support by the Bishop Museum Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program.


Sept. 21, 1996 through January 1, 1997

Sponsored as a community service by PrimeCo Personal Communications
with additional support provided by Roberts Hawai‘i.
Brought to Hawai‘i by Sea-Land Service, Inc.

Visitors to Bishop Museum will be able to catch SPIDERS!, a new traveling exhibition, beginning Sept. 21. This interactive exhibition, produced by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, introduces visitors to the delightfully creepy, endlessly fascinating world of these eight-legged creatures. Visitors will come face to face with live native Hawaiian and introduced species, including the Happyface, Cave, and Cane spiders, and learn all about spider life and the importance of arachnids in folklore and legend. Opening day festivities on Sept. 21 will feature native Hawaiian spider feedings, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's entomology lab, spider prize giveaways, entertainment by local celebrities, an appearance by "Spider Bruddah," and fun children's activities. Brought to Hawai‘i by Sea-Land Service, Inc.


June 1 through Sept. 2, 1996

Sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
Brought to Hawai‘i by Sea-Land Service, Inc.

In the summer of 1996, Bishop Museum opened Sport the world's largest and most interactive exhibition devoted entirely to the science Sport features dozens of "body-on" activities from rock-climbing to virtual bobsledding. Visitors can take a walk on a 10 cm-wide competition balance beam, sit in an Olympic bobsled and rocket down a video track, participate in a wheelchair race, clock their pitching speed and experience motion without moving an inch. Sport combines science and physical activity into a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.


Jan. 20, 1996 through May 19, 1996

Stories and history come alive in this unique exhibition on Kaho`olawe. Come to understand the island and the Hawaiian principle of aloha `aina, or appreciating and caring for land and sea, through the wahi pana, the stories of the land. Visitors will be immersed in the images and voices of the island through photographs, artifacts, dioramas, and interactive displays which follow the island's history from its beginnings to current efforts to protect and restore the island.

The exhibit will include recent photographs of Kaho`olawe, as well as historic photographs, maps, and documents from the Bishop Museum Archives, and artifacts and natural history specimens from the Museum's collections. Color and black-and-white photographs of Kaho`olawe taken by three of Hawai‘i 's most acclaimed photographers, Wayne Levin, Franco Salmoiraghi, David Ulrich, and archaeologist/writer Rowland Reeve will be featured. Historic photographs taken during Bishop Museum's archaeological expeditions to the island in 1913 and in the 1930s will also be included. A portion of the exhibit will travel to the Neighbor Islands.

Faces of Papua New Guinea

Feb. 2, 1996 through May 19, 1996

Discover the "faces" of the people of Papua New Guinea in an exhibition exploring three "bigmen" cultures. Visitors will see sacred masks, shields, houses, and other rare objects used in daily life and in special ceremonies. Drawings, photographs, and many different artifacts will be on display, giving an excellent view and understanding of present day New Guinea lifestyles. The collection represents ten years of field work by Ruth E. and Wallace M. Ruff, and is considered one of the best collections in the world of New Guinea's cultures.

The Kona Coffee Story: Along The Hawai‘i Belt Road

Dec. 15, 1995 through May 12, 1996

The Kona Coffee Story: Along The Hawai‘i Belt Road presents a unique look at Hawai‘i 's coffee growing industry from the arrival of the first coffee plants in 1828 to the poignant stories of the Japanese American coffee pioneers living today. Throu gh displays, panels and photographs, learn about the establishment of family-run farms at the turn of the century, the farmers' relationships with the powerful coffee mills and their "company stores," and the intercultural relationships that mar ked this frontier life. Visitors can also explore the cycle of coffee production, from the flowering of "Kona Snow" blossoms to the roasting and grinding of the green coffee.

What About Aids

September 30, 1995 through January 2, 1996

In the U.S., AIDS is the leading cause of death among adults ages 25 to 44. Currently, the only vaccine is education. In response to this crisis, Bishop Museum presents What About AIDS? the first national traveling exhibition on the science of HIV and AIDS.

Opening Sept. 30 on the second floor of the Museum's Castle Building, the exhibit is designed to educate people of all ages, particularly youth and teens ages 10 to 17. It features large colorful panels, hands-on displays, interactive videos and compellin g personal stories of people infected with this deadly virus.

Science in Toyland

October 5, 1995 through January 7, 1996

Everyone loves toys. They're not only fun but they ignite imagination, stimulate creativity and spark the desire to learn more about the world around us.

An exhibition on how toys and play can introduce children to science opens Oct. 5 at Bishop Museum. A collection of hands-on displays, demonstrations and workshops, Science in Toyland challenges youngsters to discover basic scientific principles for themselves and demonstrates that science and fun go hand in hand.


June 17, 1995 through September 17, 1995

This exhibition and accompanying educational program will provide visitors with a better idea of how living dinosaurs looked and behaved in their natural habitats millions of years ago. Eighteen life-sized robotic dinosaurs and dozens of interactive di splays will be part of the exhibition.


January 14, 1995 through June 4, 1995

Celebrate the proud heritage and share the triumphs of Native Hawaiian voyagers, past and present. This exhibit coincides with the three-month voyage of the Hawai`iloa and Hokule`a canoes as they travel from Hawai‘i to Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands and back, navigating by traditional methods.

Nature's Fury!

September 17, 1994 through January 2, 1995

Experience some of earth's more violent forces like volcanoes, earthquakes, tornados, floods and tsunamis, all without even a scratch. Four major topic areas that are explored are plate tectonics, tsunami, water and erosion, and atmospheric phenomenon. Learn ways to prepare yourself for Hawai‘i 's natural disasters.

Need to know what some of our earlier exhibits were? Here's a listing of all of the Castle Building exhibits earlier than these.

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