Aloha! Welcome to Honolulu, Hawai’i for today’s “Museum of the Day”. It’s one of the best comprehensive museum experiences in the state.
The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.
Mr. Bishop built the magnificent Polynesian and Hawaiian Halls on the grounds of the original Kamehameha Schools for Boys. The Museum and School shared the Kapālama campus until 1940 when a new larger school complex was opened nearby on Kapālama Heights.
Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.
The Museum also operates the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on the island of Hawai‘i.
Located in Wyoming’s capital, the Cheyenne Depot Museum is about the history of rail transportation in the United States.
In 1993 the Union Pacific donated the building to the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County, and stabilization of the building was begun a year later. Since then, the building has undergone various stages of an extensive rehabilitation project. The first floor now houses the Cheyenne Depot Museum and a brewpub/restaurant. The upper levels house offices for various city and private concerns related to tourism, economic development and the museum.
The museum tells the story of the Cheyenne beginnings during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Union Pacific Depot and the Railroad it is named after. You can view the Union Pacific Main Yard from the Coupler addition on the west end of the Depot, and experience more of the history of the Cheyenne Depot Museum.
Like many public buildings that are converted later into museums, the Depot Museum and Plaza has become the cultural and entertainment hub of Downtown Cheyenne, striving to provide educational programming and events in conjunction with the City of Cheyenne that enrich the community.