Bishop Museum’s cultural collections feature pre-contact to present day materials; personal and state memorabilia of Hawaiian royalty and Pacific chiefdoms; 19th and 20th century household items, manuscripts, maps and documents; works of art, photographs; and sound recordings of music and oral history.
Our natural sciences collections cover the diversity of life found throughout the region and are a unique resource in understanding the past, present, and future.
- 1.2 million cultural objects
- 125,000 historical publications (including publications in Hawaiian)
- 1 million archival items (photos, films, art, audio recordings)
- 22 million plant and animal specimens (4th largest in the U.S.)