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Reviewed January 28, 2019

If you are into Astronomy, yes I would go and visit, but don't expect the Smithsonian. It is a nice little museum with an good planetarium that offers a selection of shows. You don't need much time there. The show would be about the longest activity, but you could allow for 2 hours of time to fully review the exhibits and take in a show. It is not cheap, so if you are looking for budget things to do while playing tourist, you might skip this one. The grounds and property is very nice and enjoyable to walk around. There is a cafeteria, but not sure of what is offered or if it is any good. It is right outside of Hilo Bay, but does require some navigation to get to.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

My wife and I stumbled upon the Astronomy center after finding the cafe on google and having lunch there. It is amazing and there is so much cool things to see and learn about. Our guide, Tony, was excellent and helped direct us to some of the most interesting displays and interactive exhibits. I would also recommend the shows as the one we say was awesome and the young lady that presented it was on point. We could have stayed all day so when planning a trip make sure you give yourself at least 3 hours to really explore!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Anthony L
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

With the Mauna Kea Visitor Center closed, we did the next best thing by visiting here. The astronomy exhibits and the planetarium shows were fun. But most impressive were the exhibits about Hawaiian history and how the Polynesians arrived here, describing their navigation techniques including a model canoe. The docents were very knowledgeable and helpful. Overall a great visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alice A
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

I visited with a tour group. We had a delicious buffet lunch in the restaurant. We then watched a 3D presentation in the planetarium which was very informative. We were also fortunate to have a presentation by a very knowledgeable staff person on a globe which can show a variety of historical weather patterns and geological events. I highly recommend this center, especially if you can arrange to see a staff presentation

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

We were looking for a place to visit to fill in an afternoon that we didn't have plans for. We saw this advertised and decided to take a chance. We are glad we did. It is more than just a museum and planetarium. A show in the planetarium is included in the price, but the attraction lies in the varied presentations in the museum itself. Very well done and varied in the subject manner. All the displays seem new and updated.

Date of experience: September 2018
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