Thirteen Hawai‘i Island museums, including UH Hilo’s Imiloa Astronomy Center, celebrate Museums Month in Sept.

Celebrating Museums Month: The month-long celebration of island museums gives local residents the opportunity to experience—at very low cost—the rich resources of Hawai‘i Island found in zoos, gardens, science centers and more.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center exterior and gardens.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i, located on the campus of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, is joining other museums and centers around Hawai‘i Island in Celebrating Museums Month. During the month of September, ‘Imiloa members are eligible for benefits at participating museums island-wide including free admission and other perks.

The month-long celebration of island museums provides local residents with a low-cost opportunity to explore and experience the rich resources of Hawai‘i found across the museum spectrum from zoos to history to science centers. The 13 institutions in East Hawai‘i and West Hawai‘i collectively represent the major informal education resources on Hawai‘i Island.

Participating museums

Celebrating Museums Month benefits apply to museum members with a current membership card and proper ID. Memberships help support the nonprofit museums and further the collective educational missions.


‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of the culture, science, and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). The center is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo University Park of Science and Technology.

– ‘Imiloa Blog