September 2019 – Celebrate Museums Month

September 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019 all-day
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720

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This September marks the twelfth year Hawai‘i Island museums are collaborating to open their doors to other museums’ members.

“Celebrating Museums Month” is a month-long program to cross-promote these important local institutions.  During the month of September, each will provide free admission to the members of other participating institutions when a current museum membership card is shown.  Some institutions will also be offering discounts on store items or tours to these members.

Museum members will have an opportunity to spend September exploring and discovering the wonders and treasures of museums they may not have yet experienced, or may not have visited in a long time.  Below is a list of participating museums the the benefits they are offering.


“Celebrate Museums Month” is a month-long program to cross-promote these important local institutions.  During the month of September, each institution listed below, will provide the benefits listed below to the members of other participating institutions with a current membership card.   

East Hawai’i Cultural Center/HMOCA – No admission charge, donations welcome. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday  10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  Closed Sunday and Monday. Check website: for current exhibitions, workshops, and events. For more information call (808) 961-5711 or email

Hawai’i Plantation Museum – Free admission to members of any other participating museums. Hours Tues. – Sat. 10am – 3pm. Located at 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Hwy (in former Yoshiyama Store). Visit Books and other retail items available. (808) 964-5151.

Hulihe‘e Palace – Free Admission to members (card needs to be presented), 10-15% discount in store, depends on membership level.  Museum and Gift Shop Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. & Sundays: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Closed major holidays.  Museum phone (808) 329-1877 & Gift Shop phone (808) 329-6558.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center – Free (DAYTIME) admission to members of any other participating museums. No store discount. Discounted member fees apply for special evening planetarium shows. Membership ID from participating museum required.  Center hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (808) 932-8901. For shows and events, please check website:  Sky Garden Restaurant at `Imiloa. 10% discount applies. Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. for breakfast and lunch; Thursday – Sunday, 5pm-8:30pm for dinner. (808) 969-9753.

Kona Historical Society – Free admission.  Kona Coffee Living History Farm: Monday-Friday, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.  H.N. Greenwell Store Museum: Tuesday & Thursday 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. (808) 323-3222.

Laupehoehoe Train Museum – Free admission. Hours: Open 10am – 3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Other days by appointment. Book tours in advance by visiting Call (808) 962-6300.

Lyman Museum and Mission House – Free admission. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. 10% discount in Museum Shop.  Mission House tours available.  (808) 935-5021.

NOAA’s Mokupāpapa Discovery Center – No admission charged, monthly evening presentation series, craft night and free group education/outreach lessons, tours and activities available with reservation, link Also room rentals available for private and public events.  Hour: Tues – Sat. 9am – 4pm. Phone: (808) 933-8184. For education booking call (808) 933-8195; email: or visit

Pacific Tsunami Museum – Free admission.  Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  For more info call (808) 935-0926 or visit

The Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens – No admission charge, but museum members from participating museums will receive a special gift at the Zoo Gift Shop!  Hours: Daily, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.  (808) 959-9233.

Volcano Art Center – The Volcano Art Center operates two locations. The Gallery location in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, open daily,  9am -5pm, showcases the fine art of approx. 200 local artists.  Park entrance fees apply. (808) 967-7565.   The Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village features guided forest tours, an outdoor sculpture garden, gallery, and ongoing classes and workshops, open 9am-5pm, Mon. – Fri. (808) 967-8222.   Participating museum members receive a free poster at either location.

Wailoa Center – Located in the Wailoa park next to the Tsunami Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and across the river from the King Kamehameha Statue. Admission is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and State Holidays. Monthly exhibits by local artists include a variety of fine art, contemporary craft, woodworking, multi-cultural exhibits, quilts, photography and more.  For additional information please call Codie M. King (808) 933-0416 or email: or visit