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Imiloa Astronomy Center

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Address: 600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
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If you like astronomy, this is a starting point

Driving to this location (not easily located at the Campus) was our only problem. A nice introduction to to astronomy, though don't sign up for to dome shows, if the 2nd one is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Torrington, United States
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Torrington, United States
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Driving to this location (not easily located at the Campus) was our only problem. A nice introduction to to astronomy, though don't sign up for to dome shows, if the 2nd one is going to cover almost everything you learned in the 1st. A very nice hands-one area for both children and adults. You'll love the large computerized globe that... More 

Thank richardbV738CH
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited it before going to Mauna Kea- it was on the way. Actually it was not that bad but it is pricey - the entrance was 17.5 USD pp and we allowed to watch one movie at the planetarium. The planetarium was pretty cool while the exhibits were informative. The display of the exhibits were mostly about Hawaii, nature... More 

Thank indie_dive
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a side trip to the astronomy center while in Hilo to beat the heat & change up the scenery. The museum is interactive & modern & admission came with a free short movie of choice.

Thank Veronica R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In one of the premier spots in the world to stargaze, this astronomy center will leave you disappointed. The planetarium show left much to be desired and the series of "exhibits" lacked the information and interaction of any decent science museum. It felt more like a cultural center with an astronomy theme. Don't get ripped off, save your money and... More 

Thank Julia W
Almonte, Canada
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is a small museum with movies that are very interesting. It takes no more than an hour to see the entire museum which is not only about astronomy but also about the Hawaiian people. I did find that the rate that they charge a little steep $18 per adult I realize that it includes a movie but we would... More 

Thank belrangodoucet
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We were running out of things to do on the Big Island towards the end of our trip and decided to stop by here. It's air conditioned and my 10 year old is big into science stuff. While it is not nearly as big and extensive as the Science Museum of Minnesota, you can tell that the staff really cares... More 

Thank Karissa E
Woodstock, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

A small but excellent museum and planetarium, part of the University of Hawaii. An excellent way to spend several hours, especially if it's raining. The "sky show" spent some time on the voyages of the early peoples of the islands and it was fascinating learning about how these early sea travelers guided themselves by the stars, the clouds, the waves,... More 

Thank botanybabe
Saskatoon, Canada
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

This was a great stop for our family - we went specifically for a planetarium show but ended up spending two hours in the exhibits. Enjoyed it!

Thank KBVoigt
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4 reviews
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We were so impressed with the exhibits and presentations that we became members. The exhibits are suited for all ages, with lots of hands-on exhibits. The videos and talks are informative for all levels of knowledge about the sky, stars, and celestial points. After several visits we were so impressed that we became members, and now enjoy all the really... More 

Thank Shep K
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Who would think there is such an outstanding planetarium in Hilo! Worth the visit! The gift shop has one of a kind items that I had not found any place else.

Thank Julia S

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