Discover Ancient Polynesian Wayfinding

Discover Ancient Polynesian Wayfinding

The Peoples of Oceania: Diverse, and Deeply Connected

Fun for the Whole Family!

Pacific Hall

Encounter the family of the Pacific on the first floor, which is filled with cultural treasures, including models of the canoes used by early Polynesian explorers in a time before navigation instruments such as compasses, sextants, or clocks were available.


Experience the Planetarium
Bishop Museum Planetarium Voyaging Canoe Hokuleʻa

What People are saying

Awesome facilities!! Great central location!! Wonderful knowledgeable staff!! Beautifully maintained premises and landscape!! Interesting and educational displays!! Recommend this place to everyone!!
Tina Lee
Amazing Museum!! Loved the broad variety from History and culture of the islands to the flora and fauna! Wish I had more time!! This is a museum that cover so much, you can not rush it!
Brad Grant
Incredible museum and planetary program. I’m hooked! Can’t wait to go back.
Karen Bond
Absolutely fascinating! I learned so much while here about Hawaii's culture, history, geology and ecosystems, I'm so glad to have come.
Mia Shaw
This museum was absolutely stunning. We spent about 3.5-4 hours and it felt like we barely scratched the surface. We watched the Lava Demonstration and did a guided tour of the Hawaiian Hall. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend for anyone visiting and wanting to learn more about the island. It was like a science, cultural and art museum rolled into one.
Ali Banker
All the exhibits were exceptional. Learned so much about Hawaiian History. Will definitely be returning.
Rosemary Tyler

Hawaiian Hall

Hawaiian Natural and Cultural Heritage

Spineless Wonders: Rising From the Deep

Engaging Exhibits


Live Events

Lava Pour

Science Adventure Center