The Bishop Museum is recognized as the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
While the name of the museum is officially the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the museum was actually established by her husband Charles Bishop to whom Bernice had left her personal property upon her death in 1885 fulfilling their dream of preserving Hawaii's cultural heritage.
Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state of Hawaii and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. The museum houses the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural and scientific artifacts.
Throughout its history, the museum's commitment has been the gathering and the dissemination of information on Hawaii and the Pacific.