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Hawai'i State Museum of Natural and Cultural History

1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817

Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History or the Bishop Museum
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The Hawai'i State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a museum of history and science. It is the largest museum in Hawai'i and has the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens.
The Museum is also called the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Charles Reed Bishop (18221915), a businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of the First Hawaiian Bank and Kamehameha Schools, built the museum in memory of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (18311884).

Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai'i and has the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens.

Besides the comprehensive exhibits of Hawaiiana, the museum's total holding of natural history specimens exceeds 24 million, of which the entomological collection alone represents more than 13.5 million specimens (making it the third-largest insect collection in the United States).

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