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Lyman Museum

276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808 935 5021
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Ranked #10 of 39 attractions in Hilo
Type: Museums, Historic Sites
Owner description: The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people through its exhibits on Hawaii’s volcanic origins, flora and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I stopped in the museum with two friends on a day when we had a couple of hours to kill. Entry was only $5 each as there are bogo coupons in the local papers and travel magazines. There were women in the lobby meticulously applying feathers to hats. One lady showed us the painstaking technique which can take up to... More

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University Park, MD
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Don't skip this museum or you'll miss out on one of the best shell and mineral collections I have ever seen. I also really enjoyed "Grandfather's house," a replica of a traditional Korean house. You have to remove your shoes before entering but you can explore each room. I'm glad I took the time to visit.

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Tacoma, Washington
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208 reviews 208 reviews
68 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We really enjoyed the amazing collection of gems, minerals, and shells in addition to the native Hawaiian exhibits. Tip: Don't arrive too late in the day if you also want to see the Mission House. We arrived a little over an hour before closing and were told we would not get a tour of the Mission House, but we could... More

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RIVERSIDE, CA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

They have an excellent setup showing Hawaii history and numerous exhibits about the South Pacific - well worth the time - and admission. There is also a tour of the Mission House included. We had a great time.

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Upland, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Lots of interesting facts, the entire family enjoyed the tour. There are stairs, but every age should be able to manage them. Keep your eyes and ears open because you'll be sure to miss something interesting if you don't.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Our tour guide had so much information and gave a fair assessment of missionary life at that time. I was impressed with the quality of the exhibits in the museum while we waited. Museum staff were kind.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Small, but wonderful. This museum gives great perspective of the history of the Hawaiian Islands and the wave of peoples who have washed ashore through time. Really excellent, with great stuff on the natural history and volcanoes, as well. This museum even has a superb mineral collection...go figure that!

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iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had a rainy day so stopped in for a visit. It was interesting and had some great information but overall not real impressed with it. I actually liked the rock collection and geology information quite a bit and didn't expect to find that in the museum.

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San Jose, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

The museum and adjacent mission house will add so much to your island experience! The displays in the museum give a sense of history. Must spend time gazing at the shell collection. Learn of the countries who came to Hawaii. The Mission House is awesome and our docent, Bruce, outstanding. His narration puts you in the house while the Lyman's... More

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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Both my wife and I were impressed with the displays and the video presentation in the Lyman Museum. Obviously, professionally done.

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