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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-969-9700
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Ranked #11 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums

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Surrey, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The museum is excellent and a good layout of the stars and relation to the earth. Also following the Hawaiian sailing vessels as they circle the globe. The 3D show on the constellations, and galaxies was outstanding. Very worthwhile for all ages.

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Maryland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

If you're planning on visiting Mauna Kea while on the Big Island, definitely stop here first. It's a good intro to the work that goes on atop the peak. But, this is a very nicely ran facility that has exhibits that should interest both adult and children alike. They also have a planetarium with a number of hourly shows. This... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

World class 3D planetarium. We watched, stars over Hawaii and the local myths. They were both about 45 minutes and both fun and informative. Also great for kids. It was the perfect preparation to go up to Mouna Kea for the sunset and for star gazing.

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Chetwynd, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We went to two shows which were both 3D. It was amazing! I learned quite a bit but wish the shows were longer! The walk through museum part was great for the kids and I enjoyed it as well. I highly recommend stopping in here. Plan to spend 3 hours here.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Museums aren't just for kids! I had a lot of fun exploring this museum. You can tell a lot of time, effort, and money went into this place. You will learn a lot about the history of Hawaii as well as checking out the beauty of space.

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Stamford CT
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63 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Lots of fascinating information, well presented for both children and adults. One nice thing about Hilo is that there are things to do when it's raining!

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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My wife and I were fortunate to have received guest passes from a member to gain entry to the planetarium. Arriving after 2 pm there was only one remaining show in the theater but as we waited a wonderful docent walked up to us and explained about the telescopes around the island, their origin and how new telescopes were to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Average little museum, sure to disappoint if you've ever been to the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian. A lot of astronomical information, but not as culturally-related as expected. Do not count on eating here--the restaurant was pretty dowdy.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The planetarium movies are enjoyable and the museum offers lots of information. If there is a rainy day in hilo when we have visitors in town (and there ALWAYS is a rainy day...) we plan a trip to Imiloa. The restaurant also offers good food but we tend to eat elsewhere.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband and I went to the way finding festival and were a little discouraged to see that it was geared more towards children, but we still had a decent time. The planetarium is quaint, but the "star guides" gave a great presentation and the Hawaiian dances were pleasant.

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