On October 3rd the WOW, World of WearableArt touring exhibition will open to the public at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.
This will be the second international presentation of the exhibition and the first in the United States. It was recently on display at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville Australia and 43,000 people saw it in just six weeks.
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.
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.
The exhibition, which is presented in partnership with the New Zealand Government through Major Events, will be on display at the Bishop Museum until February 1st 2016 giving locals and visitors to Honolulu four months to see it. As with the previous displays in Auckland and Townsville the exhibition will feature 32 award winning designs from the WOW permanent collection, an interactive work space and a video presentation featuring highlights from previous WOW Awards Shows.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
1525, Bernice Street
October 2nd 2015 – Member Preview
October 3rd 2015 – Open to the public
February 1st 2016 – Exhibition closes