While this museum has many artifacts that were heirlooms of the royal Kamehamaha family, over the years it has grown to become the main cultural educational center for anyone who wishes to learn about the natives of Hawaii, including their history and culture, and the natural environment of the island.
The Bishop Museum is the largest in the state of Hawaii and has over 24 million objects in its collections, including photos, artifacts, documents, stories, artwork, video clips, and personal memorabilia. The goal of the museum is to teach residents and guests about the native Hawaiian peoples and to make them understand culture and environment of the island better. Each of the floors of this museum represent different aspects of Hawaiian life. On the first floor, visitors will see different legends, origin stories, and oral histories through artwork and videos. The second floor focuses on the day-to-day lives of Hawaiians and is devoted to teaching guests about the natural environment of Hawaii the people and culture of the island state. On the top floor, visitors can expect to learn about important moments in Hawaiian history and about Bernice and other important historical figures from Hawaii.
The Bishop Museum also has a science center where visitors can expect to see a man-made replica of the volcano Kilauea, as well as different volcanic rocks and demonstrations about the creation of the Hawaiian islands through volcanic eruptions. The science center, as well as the entire museum itself, opens it's doors to people in order to help visitors to understand just how important Hawaii is and why it is important to preserve the island, respect and understand the natives, and more importantly to learn about their diverse and historic cultures.