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The island of Hawaii is home to an alluring variety of museums, from Hulihee Palace, a seaside residence for Hawaiian royalty two centuries old, to Imiloa Astronomy Center, a state-of-the-art planetarium and science center bridging the exploration ethos of Hawaiian voyagers and today’s astronomers. In addition to art, cultural artifacts and exhibits about the history and science of the island of Hawaii, these museums help us to understand the island’s place in the world and contributions to it.
Learn about the rise and fall of sugar production at the Hawaii Plantation Museum, and see how early Hawaiians lived at the Lyman House Museum. Drink in the culture behind Hawaii’s coffee industry at the Kona Historical Society. And experience the island’s ever-changing natural environment at the Pacific Tsunami Museum and Mokupapapa Discovery Center for Hawaii’s Remote Coral Reefs. Visiting these and other island of Hawaii museums will allow you to take a step back in time, or get a glimpse of the future.
Hulihe‘e Palace is a museum showcasing artifacts from the era of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi‘olani, featuring beautiful koa wood furniture, portraits, kapa, feather work, Hawaiian quilts and artifacts from Hawai‘i’s royal past.
The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii offers an immersive Hawaiian journey through time and space, with interactive exhibits, a leading-edge full-dome planetarium, award-winning landscape of native Hawaiian Plants, and a Resaurant with views of Hilo Bay.
This Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people. Exhibits trace Hawaii’s history from its volcanic origins and the flora and fauna that arrived before humans to life in ancient Hawaii and the immigrant groups that helped shape Hawaii’s unique culture of today