Hilo Things to Do: Which Museum Will Interest You the Most?

Among the many Hilo things to do, one that clearly stands out is a visit to at least one of the many interesting Hilo museums available.The best part about the Hilo museums is that most of them are free of charge

Hilo Art Museum
1266 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 982-6006

Right after checking in at your Hilo Bed and Breakfast, you should head down to the Hilo Art Museum, because it packs an amazing collection for such a relatively young museum. Chartered in 2007, this museum permanently exhibits art works from Dali, Picasso, Luquiens and Kreuscher, just to name a few. Local Hawaiian artist Wyland, who has art galleries in Waikiki Beach and the North Shore in the island of Oahu, is also featured here. The Hilo Art Museum is a non-profit organization that does not charge for admission and is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you're planning to stay in Hilo for a couple weeks, BBOnline recommends that you look into attending one of the many workshops that the Hilo Art Museums offers, so you can improve your artistic skills or learn more about Hawaiian art history and how to best appreciate it.

East Hawaii Cultural Center   
141 Kalakaua Street   
Hilo, Hawaii 96720   
Phone: (808) 961-5711


The East Hawaii Cultural Center is one of the most visible results of the East Hawaii Cultural Council, established in 1967 to preserve and share the traditions, customs and arts of the Hawaiian people. This cultural center has 3 public galleries, a performance space, a massive balcony and a gift shop. The highlights are the performance space and balcony, because they are the setting of several live performances of both local theater and dance groups, as well as invited performers from the mainland U.S. and abroad. When making your reservation at your Hilo Inn, be sure to ask the owner about the Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival and the Hamakua Music Festival. The East Hawaii Cultural Center is one of the many stages for these two must-see music festivals in Hilo.

Pacific Tsunami Museum
130 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 935-0926


In the Asia Pacific region, one of the most feared natural disasters is the tsunami. Hilo has been no stranger to the powerful destructive force of the tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Museum was created to pay respects to the memory of the many lives that have been lost when tsunamis have hit Hilo and other Hawaiian islands. The Pacific Tsunami Museum holds the largest archive of photos, videos and transcripts of interviews of tsunami victims. It also educates its visitors on what to do and what not to do in the case of a major tsunami. One of the main highlights of the museum is the guided walking and driving tour around the island's historical tsunami sites. Visiting these sites with an expert local guide truly makes the several statues and historical sites come alive, as you learn what happened on the day that the tsunami struck. BBOnline highly recommends this museum.