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Imiloa Astronomy Center

Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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Ranked #13 of 40 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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112 reviews 112 reviews
64 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Now our disclaimer is we only had an hour so limited to the exhibits and did not see any of the shows. But the entire exhibit area was kid focused. Many of it broken. But they did gave a good kamaina rate and military discount.

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Lebanon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Great scientific experience. Like a lot of astronomy centers, we enjoyed it. Not any more extraordinary than other astronomy centers.

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Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Not really worth the money unless you be sure to catch one of the shows. Probably better ways to spend your time. A lot of reading and not too many interactive displays.

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Tokyo, Japan
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133 reviews 133 reviews
77 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We visited to watch a special show on the Fragile Planet. We didn't realize until arriving that the price of admission is good for only one planetarium show. For the price, I think unlimited shows would be appropriate. The show itself was alright but rather superficial and focused more on the appropriateness of Earth for life relative to other planets... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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7 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A very nice museum. I know, why would anyone want to go inside while in Hawaii? Well, if you decide to do anything indoors, I would recommend this. It has a great layout and some very well done exhibits. It is not large and the exhibits can be covered in about an hour. Included with admission is one movie. Check... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 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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20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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