Founded in 1889, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is the largest museum in Hawaii and home to the largest collection Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens in the world. Located in Honolulu’s Kalihi District, it has been designated as the Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The museum was originally founded to house a collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms, and has since expanded to showcase artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawaii and other pacific island cultures.
The entomological collection alone is comprised of 13.5 million natural specimens, making it the third largest collection of insects in the United States.
On the Bishop Museum’s 8-acre campus is the Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium, which is an educational and research facility devoted to the astronomical sciences – it is also the oldest planetarium in Polynesia. The museum also operates the Amy B.H. Grenoble Ethnobotanical Garden on the Island of Hawaii.