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5 Must-See Museums in Maui and How to Visit


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The majority of Maui’s history-focused museums are housed in well-preserved historic buildings. If you’re interested in learning about what life in Maui used to be like, check out some of these must-see museums. 

Baldwin Home Museum

The sign that leads visitors to Baldwin Home Museum on Maui.
This spot offers insight into 19th-century life. | Photo Credit: Valeria Venezia / Shutterstock

For a glimpse of 19th-century Maui.

Located in a historic house, the Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina offers visitors a glimpse into 19th-century Maui. The collection exhibits memorabilia from the original owner—a physician by the name of Reverend Dwight Baldwin—and intricate period furnishings.

Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House

Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House and its green lawn on Maui.
Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House is a popular visit. | Photo Credit: Louisianagirl51 / Tripadvisor

For Hawaiian artifacts.

Run by the Maui Historical Society, Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House boasts the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in the country. Exhibits showcase ancient fishing and cooking tools alongside Missionary and Plantation Era artifacts, and royal memorabilia.

Visit Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House

Hana Cultural Center and Museum

The exterior of Hana Cultural Center and Museum amid Maui palms.
The exterior of Hana Cultural Center and Museum. | Photo Credit: bobndee24 / Tripadvisor

For Maui customs and traditions.

If you're interested in Maui’s customs and traditions, don't miss this museum. Here, you'll find a large collection of items used in daily life and worship; a replica of a chief's compound from pre-contact times; and a historic courthouse that's still in use. 

Makawao History Museum

Exhibits on display inside Makawao History Museum on Maui.
Inside Makawao History Museum. | Photo Credit: Makawao History Museum

For everchanging exhibits.

Dedicated to preserving the history of the little town of Makawao, the lilliputian Makawao History Museum has an everchanging programme of exhibits. Past exhibits have focused on everything from plantation life to locally-made stick horses.

Wo Hing Museum

Exterior of the Wo Hing Museum in Maui.
Wo Hing Museum on a sunny day. | Photo Credit: Alexanderphoto7 / Shutterstock

For what life was like centuries ago.

Once a community center for Chinese workers on the island, the restored Wo Hing Museum reveals what life was like on the island a century ago. There’s a temple and an old cookhouse, and a community kitchen that doubles as a cinema that shows films about Hawaiian life.

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