Are you venturing out from our West Maui accommodations and looking for interesting things to do in the Central Maui area? Those of you who want to learn more about Hawaiian culture and history may want to check out the Bailey House Museum and join one of the informative ongoing tours that they provide every day of the week except Sundays.
The Bailey House Museum was built in 1833 on the royal compound of Kahekili, the last ruling chief of Maui. The site housed the Wailuku Female Seminary for Hawaiian Girls on Maui from 1832 to 1849, and the structure was home to Edward Bailey and his family until 1888. It was dedicated as a museum in July of 1957. With such deep roots in Maui's history it has become an extraordinary beacon of Hawaiian culture and history.
The museum now contains the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts on exhibit in Maui County. They include 19th century missionary artifacts as well as Koa furniture and paintings of Hawaii by Edward Bailey himself. It even boasts a 100-year-old canoe and a surfboard that belonged to Duke Kahanamoku, the legendary surfer.
Maintained by the Maui Historical Society, the museum operates an archival resource center, a gift shop for those who like unique souvenirs, and features native species in the Chas Fisher Memorial Gardens.
The museum is open from 10am to 4pm Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sundays and holidays. Currently, admission is $7 for the general public, while seniors aged 60 and over get in for just $5 and children ages 7-12 get in for $2. The prices are nice and cheap, so you won't dent your budget much with the experience.
For any additional details you might need about this fascinating museum, visit www.mauimuseum.org. As for your vacation accommodations, if you have any questions, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to provide any assistance you might need. Mahalo!
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