In response to the adverse economic conditions facing the state and non-profits in Hawaii, the Bishop Museum announced it will close on Tuesdays and shut down the Hawaii Maritime Center at Aloha Tower. The changes will take effect starting May 1.
“This decision was and remains very difficult," said Bishop Museum president Timothy Johns. "With recent cuts in state funding, loss of income from investments and a continued decline in non-resident visitors, the museum must adjust to reduce its operating expenses.
Although the economic climate creates many uncertainties, we are committed to continuing to serve the community and provide world-class programs, research, and exhibits.”
The 120-year-old Bishop Museum is considered the world's primary repository of Polynesian artifacts and Hawaii's top research institution. The waterfront Maritime Museum focuses on Hawaii's centuries-old relationship with the sea.