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Kauai Museum

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Address: 4428 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1338
Phone Number: 808 245 6931
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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Hawaiian history

A nice little museum in the heart of downtown Kauai that provides an excellent rainy day activity. Lihue is centrally located on the Island and this museum is located to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Wayne T
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A nice little museum in the heart of downtown Kauai that provides an excellent rainy day activity. Lihue is centrally located on the Island and this museum is located to be reached by all areas of the Island within a 35-40 minute drive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a small, local museum, they did a nice job of putting a variety of items from Kauai's history together. Don't miss the gift shop!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kauai Museum is a small local museum packed full of information about the history of the island. Great to go to for an hour or more to get out of the sun or escape the rain. There is a cover charge to get in, but with that you get a 7 day pass to return - LOVE this option.

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a full day of rain forecast for resort visit to Lihue. We had driven by the Kauai Museum many times over the years and had never stopped. We figured this would be a good day to visit. We were not disappointed - even our teenage sons enjoyed our time there. Many interesting artifacts and wonderful historic information. We... More 

Thank William A
Maumee, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife & I went to the Kauai Museum while traveling in Kauai. The GPS took us BEHIND the building and there were not signs in the back that clearly told us that building was the museum. Once we finally found the front, we really enjoyed the museum. Their collection contained a lot of interesting artifacts that showed us a... More 

Thank Mark P
Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is small but has a very good collection of artifacts. The museum provides a lot of information on the history of Kauai.

Thank Dale L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Great docent. 76 year old man from Kauai. Lots of history and humor. Highly recommend. Very thorough history, including brief history of local famous surfers. Takes one plus hours.

Thank Christy S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

For those interested in the history of Kauai, this museum is fascinating. The main building in particular has numerous interesting artifacts and lots of information about successive Kauaian royalty. A visit is introduced by an enthusiastic local Hawaiian lady volunteer, which gives the experience a personal touch. There is a good gift shop and reentry passes on request.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Kauai Museum houses a wonderful collection of art, artifacts, and items of cultural significance. To get the most out of your visit, I highly recommend attending a guided tour. Our guide brought the exhibits within the museum to life. He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. He made our experience much richer and more memorable. Before you leave the museum, I... More 

Thank Amy P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We had heard a lot of little bits about the history of Hawaii on our visit to Maui and Kauai. The visit to this museum on our last day finally made sense of the legends and stories we had heard. There is a lot of information and the place is bigger than it looks. Lots of artefacts and a video... More 

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