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Lyman Museum

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Address: 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 935 5021
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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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Small and Informative!

We enjoyed learning more about the history of Hilo in our 3 hour visit. The Lyman house tour is informative. Check out a choice of videos you can watch in the museum. We chose the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Medicine Hat, Canada
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Medicine Hat, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We enjoyed learning more about the history of Hilo in our 3 hour visit. The Lyman house tour is informative. Check out a choice of videos you can watch in the museum. We chose the one about volcanic eruptions- a little long at 48 minutes but did provide vivid imagery and interviews about the very real experience of losing a... More 

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Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Go to the Lyman Museum to soak in the history of the Hawaiian Islands. Be sure to reserve a visit to the Lyman Home adjacent to the Museum. Call ahead as space is limited. Our tour guide was so wonderful - he really brought it all to life for us. The Lymans were a prominent missionary family. This also have... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Really amazing museum if you're into geology or just like gems and rocks. It's a great place for kids to learn too.

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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 9 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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