Health & Safety

Updated: March 17, 2020, 12 p.m.

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Updated: March 16, 2020, 6 p.m.


With the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, guests, and the community in mind, we’ve made the decision to temporarily close the Museum to the public through the end of March, at which time we’ll reassess the situation.
We’ll continue to keep you informed of any changes to our operations, which includes our eventual plans to reopen the Museum, and restart our programs, activities, and events.
Please also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for further updates, news, and stories on how our work to preserve and perpetuate the history, culture, and natural sciences of Hawaiʻi continues.
Mahalo and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bishop Museum soon.
Updated: March 16, 2020, 9 a.m.
A Message for our Bishop Museum ʻOhana 

Thank you for your support of Bishop Museum. The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and guests is our top priority. We’ve been closely monitoring COVID-19 updates and the public health recommendations from the Hawaiʻi State Deparment of Health, our travel partner the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on this guidance, we’ve taken steps to maintain the cleanliness of our campus and reduce the risk of illness, so that Bishop Museum continues to be a safe place to work and visit. 

At this time, Bishop Museum remains open to the public for self-guided exploration. This includes Hawaiian Hall, Pacific Hall, the Castle Memorial Building, the Science Adventure Center, Science on a Sphere in the Planetarium lobby, and our current exhibits, Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaiʻi and Spineless Wonders: Rising from the Deep, as well the installation, Where Art & Science Meet: Honolulu Printmakers. Weʻre continuing with normal hours of operation until further notice. 

With the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, guests, and the community in mind, we’ve suspended the following group-oriented activities:

  • Daily programs including tours, Hot Spot demonstrations, and Planetarium shows
  • Public programs including the Living Culture series of programs and workshops
Additionally, the following will be suspended or cancelled:
  • March 2020 and April 2020 events
  • All school and visitor groups reservations

We’re also suspending our Library & Archives public access hours until further notice.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and look forward to serving you again through these tours, programs, and events, in the near future. 

What we’re doing to ensure your health and safety 

We’ve implemented additional measures to help ensure the well-being of our employees and guests: 

  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting across our campus, including sanitizing any touchable displays, railings, handles, buttons, and other surfaces, especially in high-traffic areas. 
  • Asking all staff to practice good health habits, including washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and using hand sanitizer. 
  • Postponing staff travel to countries that have active travel alerts. 
  • Asking any staff who aren’t feeling well to stay at home.
  • Asking staff to temporarily halt social greeting norms such as shaking hands, embracing, etc. 

What we’re asking visitors to do 

Ensuring continued good health and safety is a community effort, and we’re asking for your kōkua to please take the same preventative measures you’d take in any other public space, such as your workplace or school: 

  • Please stay at home if you’re not feeling well. 
  • Please follow all Museum health and safety signage and protocol. 
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer. 
  • Please be attentive if our guest relations staff share any guidance related to ensuring a safe visit. 
  • While visiting the Museum, find opportunities to spread out and explore quieter exhibition spaces you’ve never experienced before.

We want to ensure you have a safe, positive, and enjoyable experience at our museum; to that end, please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Also, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to see how we’re continuing our work to preserve and perpetuate Hawai‘i’s history, culture, and natural sciences.

Mahalo nui loa for your continued support, and please enjoy your visit at Bishop Museum. We look forward to serving you. 

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