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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A natural history museum in Kaua'i.

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Museum Visit Worth Adding to Kauai Activities

The Kauai Museum gives a good history of this island. The place has been renovated since I visited 10 years ago and even has air-conditioning. The volunteers are gracious and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
ruth s
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Kauai Museum gives a good history of this island. The place has been renovated since I visited 10 years ago and even has air-conditioning. The volunteers are gracious and knowledgeable and the exhibits give a good history of the island and its history. Lovely gift shop, easy parking.

Thank ruth s
Gales Ferry, Connecticut
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely old building and it all run on donations and what the museum brings in on admissions 1 hour long film very worth your time on the Hawaiian history Lots of history in that building Staff is awesome enjoyed it spent several hours there

Thank robin h
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a neat museum with historical and geographical information. Absolutely enjoyed our 3 hrs going through this museum. The docents were very helpful.AND we were treated to an hour's performance by one of Hawaiian's greatest composers- Larry Rivera. What a treat!

Thank Rebecca T P
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We're glad we decided to visit this museum. Initially we were put off by the $15 ($12 for seniors) admission price but decided to go ahead anyway. We're glad we did. Our visit started with a 90minute tour by a museum docent and then we spent about another hour visiting the rest of the museum. The museum does permit visitors... More 

1 Thank Jack S
Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our stop to this museum was one of the first things we did when we arrived in Kauai. Highly recommend visiting this museum. One receives a comprehensive history of Hawaii, including Hawaiian royalty and the role of sugar cane. My understanding is that there is a guided tour on Mondays-Fridays at 1030am. However, when we visited we were told that... More 

2 Thank Patricia L
Sarasota, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We spent about 2 hours in this museum looking at the exhibits and watching the very interesting 58 minute film about Kauai. The museum covered all the way from something like 900AD to pretty much the present right through the sugar plantation era and all the immigrants. The lady at the door was very enthusiastic and cleary loved her volunteer... More 

1 Thank Betty L
Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum. There are a lot of great displays. There is a wall of movies made in Hawaii that is really neat. We went on a rainy day & it was a perfect time to visit.

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Lihue, Hawaii
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Likened to a rare jewel, the Kauai Museum is a world class sight to see!!! Truly the most beautiful facet that emulates the simply splendor of Kauai. This museum epitomizes the Native Hawaiian Host Culture, as well as the happy blending of all the other immigrant cultures that came as a result of the sugar plantations.

Thank lopakab
Port Angeles, Washington
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97 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Love to check out the local museum scene when traveling? Don't miss a chance to check out the Kauai Museum on Rice street; the building is charming in and of itself and the displays are well done and informative. We actually had a docent this time when we visited ( Chuck) who did an excellent job telling our group about... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This museum is located downtown Lihue and housed in the former Lihue Library and out building. The main building has interesting exhibits from the royal days along with ancient artifacts and a theater which shows a 1 hour long movie. There is also a great exhibit on Ni’ihau shells and lei’s. In the out building is the exhibit “The story... More 

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