The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
The Bishop museum was established by humanitarian Charles Reed Bishop (co-founder of Kamehameha schools and First Hawaiian Bank) for his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, primarily as a way to preserve his royal spouse’s precious heirlooms. Today, it’s the largest museum in the state of Hawaii and is a leader in academic research and public education on Polynesian natural and cultural history. Not only does it house a huge collection of Hawaiian artifacts, photos, and historical documents, but the campus also contains one of the largest natural history specimens collections in the entire world. Also on the campus is a planetarium (the oldest in Polynesia) for astronomy buffs, as well as the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.