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Kauai Museum

4428 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
808 245 6931
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Ranked #9 of 17 attractions in Lihue
Type: Natural History Museums, History Museums
Description: A natural history museum in Kaua'i.
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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Museum is housed in an historic Hawaiian building. The displays ranged from describing life on the island to the impact of World War II on Hawaiians. Lots of mammal, birds, fish, and other island artifacts. Presented an overview of Kauai history through exhibits and films. Worth a stop if interested in island history.

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Sparks, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This Museum is undergoing a decrease in space which is problematic because they offer so much to learn about. The building is historic & in good condition.The personnel are very nice & are knowledgeable about the history of Kauai & very willing to share their information. The gift shop offers a great variety of reading material, videos, music cds, and... More

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Northern NJ
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you are interested in Hawaiin heritage this is a great place to visit. My wife and I enjoyed our time there. Not good for young kids as they would be bored.

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Los Osos, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great exhibits of local woodworks--a large canoe will soon be reinstalled as a centerpiece. Nice grounds, including a picnic area. Very interesting HI history film shown continuously. Includes interviews with natives very unenthused with recent developments, both social and physical. (A plea to help them maintain their pre-tourist lifestyles.)

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Ramona, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Lovely displays, tours and staff. You will be surprised and delighted and want to linger longer than you may expect. Enjoy!

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bakersfield, CA.
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

No one mentioned nor was standing by to collect the admission. We thought it was free until a lady came running at us... "You can't come in if you don't pay 10.00!!" OK OK!!!! There are a few things to see and it is interesting to know more of the culture. It is not a place I would visit again... More

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Nevada City, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Not a modern interactive display museum but one that is homey, traditional and well worth a stop. Kauai's historic families, sugar production, missionaries, royalty, all rolled into several island style buildings in the center of Lihue. Small admission and nice gift shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My family are inveterate museum goers. We never saw a museum we didn't like. Having said that, this is a small local attempt to present local history in a straight-forward old-fashioned way. No fancy interactive exhibits here, but fun facts and artifacts. Take an hour. Nice gift shop.

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

If you go to only one place to learn about Hawai'ian or Kaua'i history, this should be it. From ancient geology to the Polynesian settlements, the Brits, US and Asian settlers, it gives you a great overview. The artifacts are impressive and even the kids liked it.

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Carlsbad, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This museum really gives you the step by step introduction to Kauai history. I mainly saw the annex in the back that was RICH with abundant Kauai history and culture .. loved all the artifacts that truly anchor you to the physical culture ... I loved to see and feel it. Thank you for preserving this wonderful, unique history of... More

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