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

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Pleasurable afternoon.

Although the museum looked small, it contained a number of exhibits. Enjoyed wandering through the property and absorbing the feeling of Old Hawaii.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 5, 2012
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Chicago, IL
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Keller, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

If you're looking to kill an hour inside, there's a few nice exhibits, but nothing memorable. Nice gift ship with high end wood and glass, but you can see that all over the island.

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Oregon
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Kauai Museum, in downtown Lihue, has two buildings. Follow the timeline of the story of Hawaii, and specifically Kauai in detail. It's very educational and informative. As a frequent visitor to Kauai, I often go there for the special exhibits. Highly recommended especially are the monthly O'hana days, where there is a reduced admission fee, as well as special... More 

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Chicago, IL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Although the museum looked small, it contained a number of exhibits. Enjoyed wandering through the property and absorbing the feeling of Old Hawaii.

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Pasadena, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Larry Rivera is an 83 year old native Hawaiian who spoons you with beautiful soothing music of the island. He was there for an hour doing a show at the museum and he is fabulous. The museum has two building one with the dated history of the first visitors to the island and the royalty that became of them. A... More 

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Salem,WI
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Make sure you take the tour.So much fasinating history. I would suggest taking the tour in the beginning of your stay so you can really appreciate the island

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Yonkers, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The museum although small has a lot of interesting artifacts. The Hawaiian ceremonial dresses were amazing and the history of Kauai comes alive here. The opulence of the plantation Barons down to the living conditions of the field workers appears to be accurately displayed, without prejudice of any sort. The entire history is chronologically displayed with pictures of actual people... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

When you visit a tropical island, your first thoughts might not be of a stop at a museum. Even though it likely won't be your first stop, be sure to drop in here before you leave. It's the history of the island in a manner more like browsing a family photo album. Put this one on your must see list.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The musuem is well-stocked with interesting pieces to make Kauai's colorful history come alive. Our docent was very knowledgeable. Definitely, worth a visit.

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I love museums and this one was truly lovely. The building was so unique and there was a lot in it without it being "carny". Don't miss the film in the media room next door. VERY informative. The docent that met us at the door provided some excellent tips and guidance. I recommend you do this the first day of... More 

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sacramento
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

small museum, worth the visit, especially the sugar cane history, exhuibits are good and a really nice shop

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