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The Bishop Museum

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The Bishop Museum has existed for over 125 years. It was established in 1889 to preserve and share the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Hawaii and the Pacific. Today in the vaults of the Museum is more than 24 million historical, cultural and natural treasures. Each item in the collection has its own special history. These 24 million stories allow you to track the history and culture of the peoples of Polynesia and help us to understand these unique Islands.

In storage at the Museum is over two million cultural artifacts representing native Hawaiians and immigrants, scientific research. Cultural collections include archaeological, ethnological finds, libraries and archives, more than 115 thousand of historical publications, 1 million historical photographs, films, works of art, sound recordings, and manuscripts.

Three floors of Hawaiian hall invite visitors on a journey through different places and times of the Islands. Hall of natural history offers a look with endemic species of birds and their importance in the life and culture of the residents of Hawaii. Scientific entertainment hall gives you the opportunity to become active participants in exploring areas of science in which Hawaii received international recognition for cutting-edge research - including Volcanology, Oceanography and biodiversity.

"Quiet hall," will introduce you to the expanses of Oceania. Biological collections provide a complete picture of the world of Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia and South-East Asia. Six biological collections include 22 million copies. This plants and algae; insects, spiders; fish; shellfish; marine invertebrates; mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Completeness of the information and the scale of the exhibition makes the Bishop Museum is unique in content information on the biology of the Pacific basin.

The Museum offers several unique educational programs for children: excursions on the origin of the Hawaiian Islands, the transition to Canoeing under the stars at the planetarium, the study of the ocean in the Hawaiian hall of the Museum. Especially popular with school and family program "Night at the Museum".

Department of education, the Bishop Museum receives approximately 20,000 students on trips each year. Every day the staff and volunteers conduct free tours of the entire campus, which tell about the history, people, plants and animals from the most remote archipelago on Earth. The Museum also organizes travelling exhibitions from around the world on a variety of topics.