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Kauai Museum

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Address: 4428 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Phone Number: 808 245 6931
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A natural history museum in Kaua'i.

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Extensive History of the Island

The Museum is housed in the old city library which is fairly unique itself. Different rooms are arranged from the precontact era up to fairly recent with many interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Robert B
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Museum is housed in the old city library which is fairly unique itself. Different rooms are arranged from the precontact era up to fairly recent with many interesting preserved artifacts. Volunteer docents give talks several times a day as well. Going through this made me want to read more on the history of Kauai.

Thank Robert B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding place to visit. The place houses an extensive collection of things to see, know and learn about the culture and history of Hawaii. The gift shop is also a wonderful place to shop for rare Hawaii items like books, music, souvenir trinkets to even an exquisite selection of Very Rare Authentic Niihau Shell Jewelry. Excellent place and highly recommended... More 

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kauai Museum is full of interesting artifacts. A larger place than we anticipated with a lot to see. Our favorite part was the hour-long DVD "The Hawaiians". It is not to be missed! So much pertinent Kauai cultural history. I did think the admission was quite high - $15. It wasn't the price that we had anticipated. Perhaps, they had... More 

Thank HappyTravelers071
Fairbanks, Alaska
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is full of history one should not miss while on Kauai. Lots to see and you will be amazed at some of the items.

Thank chipnfay
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very nicely creative when we entered but as we went to leave the lady informed us that there was a $15 Per person admissions fee and We didn't have $15 on us. So we add to leave the museum itself is kind of a poor collection of little trinkets. Would not recommend.

Thank Joseph F
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109 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't like the fact you're forced through the gift shop in order to enter, but, after that everything held my interest. Early life of royal family and island people, discovery by Capt. Cook, tools, games all fascinating. Would have liked to have spent more time.

Thank usaw1
Atlanta, Georgia
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50 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you really want to know about the real Kauai history - visit this museum. I really enjoyed it. Does not take too long and it is a like a time capsule.

Thank Angela B
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went there on the first (Friday?) of the month, showed up on time for the guided tour, only to find out there was no guided tour because there was an event (reservation required and sold out so I could not attend). The museum has a very small staff, so they could not do guided tour when they needed to... More 

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BC Washington
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108 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Was a little pricey at $15.00 each to get in, but was a pretty good presentation of Hawaii/Kauai history from time BC to the present, including the influence of the sugar mills and their subsequent decline, and the Hollywood movies filmed in Hawaii.. Would recommend it as time well spent on the island.

Thank Bikerjeff
Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Loved this museum. Not large, but very well appointed. The gift shop prices are a bit steep, but that did not stop me from buying a DVD called The Hawaiians. A real gem

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