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Maui Museums

Take a journey through the fascinating eras of Maui's colorful history and explore the natural wonders of the island. These privately funded attractions will welcome your visit while you'll come away with an enriching experience. In addition, self-guided historical trails with interpretive signage are featured in Lahaina, Ka'anapali and Kapalua.

WEST MAUI

THE BALDWIN HOME
695 Front Street, Lahaina
(808) 661-3262
Hours: 10am-4pm Daily and 6-8:30pm Fri.
A look at the transition period between the Hawaiian monarchy of the Kamehamehas and first American missionaries to the island. This was the home of Dr. Dwight and Charlotte Baldwin and their children (who later became prominent Maui businessmen) from 1836 to 1871. Many pieces of original furniture and other antiques, including medical implements, are shown in the rooms downstairs along with photos and books. A Lahaina Restoration Foundation museum. Fees: $3 per person, $5 for 2 people, free for children 12 and under.

WHALERS VILLAGE MUSEUM
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Kaanapali
(808) 661-5992
Hours: 10am-6pm, Daily
The state's largest collection of whaling artifacts from Lahaina's golden era of whaling, including a fabulous display of scrimshaw. A self-guided audio tour takes you through the rigors of mid-19th century whaling journeys. Short videos on whales, marine life, and natural history are shown continuously. Located on the mezzanine level. An authentic whaleboat is displayed in the outdoor courtyard. Free admission.

HALE PA'I (House of Printing)
Lahainaluna Road,
Lahainaluna High School
(808) 667-7040
Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon.-Fri.
This white stone and timber building was constructed in 1837 and became the centerpiece of the Lahainaluna School (founded in 1831). It houses an extensive display of history of the written word in Hawai'i, including a replica of the original printing press, and Hawaii's first currency. Please call first to make sure docent is there. A Lahaina Restoration Foundation museum. Free admission.

HALE KAHIKO (Ancient House)
900 Front Street, Lahaina Center
(808) 667-9216
Hours: 9am-5:30pm, Daily
An outdoor exhibit and park showing an ancient Hawaiian village. See a life-sized thatched house, an imu (underground oven), a canoe, and Hawaiian implements. Free admission.

WO HING TEMPLE
800 Front Street, Lahaina
(808) 661-5553
Hours: 10am-4pm daily.
Affiliated with the Chinese fraternal organization, Chee Kung Tong, this temple was built in 1912 for the Wo Hing Society in Lahaina. Today it houses beautiful artifacts from China, including the Dancing Lion of Taipei at the entrance and the original altar on the second floor. The Cookhouse is a separate building which is now a small theater showing films on Hawai'i made by Thomas Edison. A Lahaina Restoration Foundation museum. Fees: $2 adults, free for children.

HALE PA'AHAO
(Stuck in Irons House)
187 Prison Street, Lahaina
(808) 667-1985
Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon.-Sat.
A replica of Lahaina's first real prison, which was built in the 1850's with convict labor. Inside the wooden cells you can listen to the story of a typical prisoner and view displays about the types of crimes committed in the 19th century. The park-like prison yard is surrounded by a high wall made out of coral blocks from the old waterfront Fort. A Lahaina Restoration Foundation museum. Free admission.

LAHAINA HERITAGE MUSEUM
Old Lahaina Courthouse,
upstairs at Banyan Tree Park
Hours: 10am-4pm, Daily
View the old courtroom as it was in the first half of the 20th century and enjoy an ongoing exhibit about Lahaina's Whaling Days, which features whaling implements, artifacts from whaling ships, scrimshaw, paintings and photos. In the foyers on both floors of the courthouse are exhibits of the 1890s flag of the Hawaiian Kingdom, photos of Lahaina life in the early 20th century and a large illuminated relief map of Maui. Courthouse is open daily between 9am and 5pm. A Lahaina Restoration Foundation museum. Free admission.

 

EAST MAUI

HUI NO'EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER
2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao
(808) 572-6560
Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon.-Sat.
Constructed in 1917 by Hawaii's famous architect C. W. Dickey, this mansion was built for pineapple pioneers Ethel and Harry Baldwin. Ethel was instrumental in forming a Maui association of skilled artisans, Hui No'eau, in the 1930s, and The Hui as it is now known presents changing art exhibits in the Gallery as well as classes. Gallery Shop features unique works by members, including fine art, jewelry and crafts. Free admission.

HANA CULTURAL CENTER & MUSEUM
4974 Uakea Road, Hana Town
(808) 248-8622
Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon.-Fri.
The House of Treasures building contains over 500 artifacts, 600 books, 680 bottles and 5,000 photos from the Hana district. Kauhale O Hana in the back is a replica of an ancient Hawaiian village consisting of thatched houses for meeting, sleeping, cooking and canoe storage. Stroll through an ethno-botanical garden with plants used for food and medicine. Also enjoy a gift shop, restored courthouse and jailhouse. Fees: $3 adults.

 

CENTRAL MAUI

MAUI OCEAN CENTER
The Hawaiian Aquarium
Hwy. 30 & Maalaea Harbor
(808) 270-7000
Hours: 9am-5pm, Daily
(open until 6pm in Jul-Aug.)
This 3-acre marine park is the largest aquarium in the west, and features more than 60 self-paced interactive exhibits, moving you through tide pool exploration to living coral reef to open ocean tank and tunnel, a turtle lagoon, marine mammal discovery center, plus Hawaiians and the Sea and Behind-the-Scenes exhibits. Marine naturalists give talks plus there are audio guides. The park also has a restaurant, snack café and large gift store. Fees: $25 adults, $22 seniors (65 & over), $18 children (3-12 years).

HAWAI'I NATURE CENTER
875 Iao Valley Road, Wailuku
(808) 244-6500
Hours: 10am-4pm, Daily
This Interactive Nature Museum provides 30 hands-on exhibits about science and Hawaii's natural history. Guided Rainforest Walks are offered: Mon-Fri. at 11:30am and 1:30pm, Sat. and Sun. at 11am and 2pm. Fees: $6 adults, $4 children.

BAILEY HOUSE MUSEUM
2375A Main Street, Wailuku
(808) 244-3326
Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat.
Home of the Maui Historical Society, this 1833 mission house was built on a royal Hawaiian site and offers manicured gardens, a koa canoe, ancient Hawaiian artifacts, 19th century furniture, quilts and paintings. The gift shop features quality island crafts, books and music. Docents share history and culture. Fees: $7 adults, $5 seniors (60 & over), $2 children (7-12 years).

ALEXANDER & BALDWIN
SUGAR MUSEUM
3957 Hansen Rd, Pu'unene
(808) 871-8058
Hours: 9:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Sat.
Call for more information.
A plantation manager's residence and surrounding yard are the sites of perhaps the finest exhibition of sugar plantation life in the islands. See farm equipment and a working model of sugar factory machinery; exhibits about Maui's water systems, people, plantation camps, sugar production, photos and artifacts. The gift shop features Maui-made sugar products and crafts. Fees: $7 adults, $2 children 6-12 years.