Celebrate Museums Month

September 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014 all-day

This September marks the eigth 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.

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens – Free admission and 10% discount on all plant sales. Guided tours daily at 1 P.M. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Mondays and holidays. (808) 323-3318. www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell

Anna Ranch Heritage Center – Free admission. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. with tours of the Historic Home at 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. Reservations are required for Historic Home Tour. (808) 885-4426. www.annaranch.org

Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center – Free admission. Hours: Daily 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Closed Sundays. Space-themed exhibits and interactive displays especially for children. (808) 329-3441. www.hawaiimuseums.org/mc/ishawaii_astronaut.htm

Hawai`i Museum of Contemporary Art– Free entrance. 5% discount on art sales and museum shop. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 4 P.M., Friday and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Closed Sunday and Monday. Check website: www.ehcc.org for current shows, classes, and events. For more information call (808) 961-5711 or email admin@ehcc.org.

Hulihe`e Palace – Free Admission to members (card needs to be presented), no discount in store. Museum Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.; (808) 329-1877; Gift Shop Hours Monday-Saturday 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.; (808) 329-9555. Closed Sundays and holidays. www.daughtersofhawaii.org

`Imiloa Astronomy Center – Free admission. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Sky Garden Restaurant at `Imiloa open 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. with dinner Thursday through Sunday nights 5 to 8:30 P.M. (808) 969-9703. Check website for special events. www.imiloahawaii.org

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

Lyman Museum and Mission House – Free admission. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. 10% discount in Museum Shop. Special exhibit: A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading included in admission. (808) 935-5021. www.lymanmuseum.org

Mokupapapa Discovery Center – No admission charge, but museum members from participating museums can receive posters, map and coloring sheets available while supplies last; free group education/outreach activities available with reservation, link http://www.tinyurl.com/mdcbooking, Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (808)933-8180 or visit papahanaumokuakea.gov

Pacific Tsunami Museum – Free admission, no discount in store. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (808) 935-0926. www.tsunami.org

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. www.hilozoo.com

Volcano Art Center – Free admission. Museum members from participating museums receive a free poster at VAC’s gallery. Park entrance fees apply. Hours: Daily, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (808) 767-7565. www.volcanoartcenter.org