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W. M. Keck Observatory, Island of Hawaii

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  • I was impressed with the enthusiastic docents explaining the Keck Observatory, and all the heavens. But when it comes to displays, charts, photos and interactive exhibits, not so much. It was still wo...  more »
  • Open from 10a to 2p Mon thru Fri. Visitors are welcome to the lobby with many displays. The very knowledgeable receptionist gave us a very informative tour of the pictures and displays. Of course you ...  more »
  • We had some extra time so we stopped by to look. As other reviewers state, this is a very small and modest exhibit showing photos, models, floor plans, etc of the real telescopes on top of Mauna Kea. ...  more »
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  • Average travelers aren't able to go in, but it's still cool to see the telescopes that discovered blackholes!
  • Top of the world. Absolutely beautiful. Bucket list item.
  • Once at the Keck, you can go into the telescope building and see the telescope. A few interesting displays that describe the telescope and it's history. Washrooms are available in the building, but not one to speak to. But it's worth the drive to the top, but drivers need to take it really slow/easy on way up and down. I would NOT recommend for people with breathing or heart issues, as the thin air make breathing noticeably difficult.
  • Come for the telescope, stay for the keks.
  • Visitor area operation time is weekday 10am-4pm. You can see the keck telescope and use restroom.