Bishop Museum Hawaii is a great place to learn about the history of Hawaii and the Pacific islands. There are collections and exhibits on rocks, lava, native plants, insects and a planetarium.
It's sort of a science museum, planetarium and cultural museum rolled into one. Ideal for kids and adults alike it is a very interactive and educational experience.
Allow yourself at least 2-4 hours to visit although you could easily spend a day here. Additionally there are events that are held there including local Hawaiian musical performances.
The museum is located in the Kalihi area above the H1 expressway and downtown area. The hours are 9am-5pm daily but it is closed Tuesdays and Christmas Day.
Admission is $17.95 for adults, $14.95 for children aged 4-12 years old and free for kids 3 and under. Seniors aged 65 and over are $14.95.
Kamaaina and miltary with valid ID are $10.95. Their children aged 4-12 are $8.95 and kids under 3 being free. Seniors over age 65 are $8.95. Groups rates are available in both categories upon request.
Special note: The Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center is only open until 2:00 pm
Includes Free Admission to Museums:
Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace
Byodo-In Temple, Arizona Memorial
Pacific Aviation Museum
There are many exhibits and collections at Bishop Museum. For instance there is the rotating Sesame St. "Body" exhibition where one can learn how certain organs in the body work. It is very interactive and has games to participate in.
Another exhibit focuses on the cultural history of Hawaii and how immigration and plantation workers became a part of the makeup and impacted the islands.
The Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center is a place where one can learn about the different types of rocks formed by lava.
There are also demos of geological events that cause big waves such as earthquakes, landslides and wind. You can also look through microscopes and see a reconstructed model volcano spouting lava.
Throughout the halls there is art and audio-visual monitors to help enrich the experience. The docents there are very knowledgeable and friendly. It is definitely worth a visit here.
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