Entrance admission fees waived on Museum Day


POSTED: Sunday, September 20, 2009

A palace brimming with the personal belongings of royalty, a World War II airplane hangar and a gallery filled with wooden carvings of plant life are but three of your options this Museum Day, which be held Saturday.

Museums across the nation are opening their doors and waiving their admission charges in honor of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day, which emulates the Washington D.C. year-round free policy. With 1,200 museums in all 50 states already registered, Museum Day 2009 is the largest in the event's history.

Several museums on Oahu and on the neighbor islands will accept free admission passes that are available on the Smithsonian Web site.

“;This provides a way for local institutions to gain national exposure,”; said Lesa Griffith, director of communications for the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Participating museums are highlighted in the Smithsonian magazine and on the Web site. Magazine subscribers become more aware of places that can be visited during island trips, she explained.

“;We are also reaching a new market,”; she added. “;Local people may visit a place that they haven't been to since the fourth grade. We have a wide range of institutions that have lots of great stuff to offer for both adults and children.”;

Queen Emma Summer Palace is offering up its array of artifacts and furnishings from King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. The Pacific Aviation Museum is allowing access to its seaplane hangar that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. And, the Contemporary Museum is featuring Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda as well as its sprawling spread of sculptures and media.

Meanwhile, the Honolulu Academy of Arts is showcasing “;Hokusai's Summit: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”; for the first time in more than a decade. The exhibition also includes works depicting Mount Fuji by other artists.

Visitors can learn about the impact of the Protestant missionaries at the Mission Houses Museum, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by visiting Hawaii's oldest wood frame house, the missionary station supply center and the printing office.

And Hawaii Theatre is allowing pass holders admission to the annual Huliau concert presented by the Hawaii Arts Ensemble and Halau Hula Ka No'eau on a seat-available basis. Led by Michael Pili Pang, the company has toured the United States, Canada and Asia since 1994 and is recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of Hawaii's leading touring companies.

Admission passes can be downloaded at Only one admission card per household is allowed.






The Contemporary Museum
        2411 Makiki Heights Drive
        526-1322 or
        Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Hawaii State Art Museum
        250 S. Hotel St.
        586-0900 or
        Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Hawaii Theatre
        1130 Bethel St.
        528-0506 or
        Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
        No daytime tours will be available.


Honolulu Academy of Arts
        900 S. Beretania St.
        532-8712 or
        Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Mission Houses Museum
        533 S. King St.
        447-3910 or
        Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Pacific Aviation Museum
        319 Lexington Boulevard, Hangar 37, Ford Island
        441-1000 or
        Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Queen Emma Summer Palace
        2913 Pali Highway
        595-3167 or
        Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tropic Lighting Museum
        Schofield Barracks
        Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


University of Hawaii Art Gallery
        2535 McCarthy Mall
        Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Bailey House Museum
        2375 Main St. Wailuku, Maui
        244-3326 or
        Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Baldwin Home Museum
        120 Dickenson St., Lahaina
        661-3262 or
        Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
        600 Imiloa Place, Hilo
        969-9700 or
        Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Wo Hing Museum
        858 Front St., Lahaina
        661-5553 or
        Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.