The Big Island and it’s people have a fascinating history. Explore the cultural history, travel back to cowboy days and learn about the island’s volcanoes at our unique Big Island museums.

H.N. Greenwell Store

The portrayal of daily life in Hawaii in the 1890s. One of the largest photographic collections in Hawaii Island: over 140 maps; many rare and out-of-print books; historical records including manuscripts, pamphlets, and oral history interviews; and films and videotapes of Kona.

Phone: (808) 323-3222

Hulihe`e Palace

The former vacation residence for Hawaiian royalty: a collection of artifacts and personal memorabilia of Hawaiian royalty. In ruins in 1924 the Daughters of Hawaii restored the Palace to its former glory!

Location: 75-5718 Ali’i Drive Kailua-Kona, HI
Phone: (808) 329-1877

`Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

Explores the connection between Hawaiian cultural tradition and the science of Astronomy.

Phone: (808) 932-8901

Jaggar Museum

Cultural and geological displays along with photos and videos of Hawaiian volcanoes.

Location: Hawaii National Park, HI
Phone: (808) 985-6101

Kilauea Visitor Center

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: get up to date information about lava viewing and hiking possibilities.

Location: Hawaii National Park, HI
Phone: (808) 985-6101

Laupahoehoe Train Museum

Located in the restored house of old station agent this museum commemorates the Hilo Railroad (operated between 1899 and 1946).

Location: 36-2377 Mamalahoa Hwy, Laupahoehoe, HI
Phone: (808) 962-6300

Lyman Museum & Mission House

Natural and cultural history of Hawaii. The Lyman Museum is one of only four museums in the State of Hawai`i accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate..

Location: 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Hawai’i
Phone: (808) 935-5021

Mokupapapa Discovery Center

Discover the center for Hawaii`s coral reefs. A 2,500-gallon salt-water aquarium and mock-up control panel of Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory`s exploration submersible.

Location: 76 Kamehameha Avenue Hilo, Hawai?i
Phone: (808) 498-4709

Pacific Tsunami Museum

Educational information about tsunamis and a memory to those lost in past tsunamis.

Location: 130 Kamehameha Ave Hilo, Hawai’i
Phone: (808) 935-0926

Parker Ranch Historic Home & Art Gallery

Learn about John Parker and his Hawaiian Cattle Kingdom

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kamuela, HI
Phone: (808) 885-7311

Hawaii Plantation Museum

Collect, preserve and exhibit Hawaii Island sugar plantation artifacts, and small business memorabilia for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Location: 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Highway Papa’ikou, HI
Phone: (808) 964-5151

Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art

Temporary exhibitions and arts education offerings to the public.

Location: 141 Kalakaua St. Hilo, HI
Phone: (808) 961-5711