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Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian objects and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of objects, documents and photographs about Hawaii and other Pacific island cultures. Mr. Bishop built the magnificent Polynesian and Hawaiian Halls on the grounds of the original Kamehameha Schools for Boys. The Museum and School shared the Kaplama campus until 1940 when a new larger school complex was opened nearby on Kaplama Heights. Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum. Our Vision We envision a future where all people understand and celebrate Hawaiis cultural heritage and natural history, and use that knowledge to inspire the future.
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
www.bishopmuseum.org/
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