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Address: 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 935 5021
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s...
The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people through its exhibits on Hawaii’s volcanic origins, flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world, Hawaiian culture, and other ethnic groups that have shaped the unique society of Hawaii today. Admire worldwide collections of sea shells and minerals. Learn about 19th century missionary life on a tour of the historic Lyman Mission House, the Island’s oldest wood frame building constructed in 1839.
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Fine, small museum

Small but interesting museum, well laid out. Great exhibit of minerals, a lava tube and different lava deposits. There was a exhibit of a Korean house. I was the only one on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Small but interesting museum, well laid out. Great exhibit of minerals, a lava tube and different lava deposits. There was a exhibit of a Korean house. I was the only one on the tour of the missionary house and found the history and the house fascinating. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Great collection of sea shells and other collectible items by the Lyman family. It showcases the influence of the Chinese, Japanese,Korean and Filipino on the Hawaiian history

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Princeville, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a small museum in downtown Hilo that is very well done and a good way to learn about early Hawaii. Be sure to go on the docent led tour of the mission house next door. It is very interesting.

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Greeley, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a small museum but worth the trip. Our guide to the mission house which is included in the entrance fee was excellent! We learned a lot of history, and the house is nicely maintained.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

The Lyman museum is a lovely budget friendly museum. It is not too big and can be seen in about an hour. The seashell collection is of good size and has some really nice shells. Don't miss the drawers below the cases- they contain more shells! The rock and mineral collection is a medium size collection that has very diverse... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Lyman museum and Lyman house were great to visit. The Lyman house had lots of period furniture in it and the construction of the house was interesting as well. The museum proper had a few special exhibits. There were ladies and one gentlemen doing bird feather laia and the intricate work was unbelievable. They also had one of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Educational experience for the history upstairs and the collection of coral, shells, and minerals downstairs made this a great visit with my 6 year old. She loved looking at the shells and other exhibits.

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Elyria, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Don't miss this house and get the guided tour. It takes you back to the earlier English settlers of Hawaii.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Excellent museum with something for all ages. Displays of native culture, natural world (i.e., plants and animals from HI), and small gift shop. We really enjoyed our tour of the original Lyman House which sits next to the museum. Learned a lot about the difficult life of both the early whiles as well as the native peoples.Well worth a visit.

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The Lyman Museum offers a good overview on Hawaii from how it was created and developed as well as some wonderful rock specimens. The tour of the actual Lyman House next door is well worth the price in itself There are probably different guides taking turns but the chap we had was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. Free... More 

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Additional Information about Lyman Museum

Address: Address: 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 935 5021
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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