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Lyman Museum

Address: 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 935 5021
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Ranked #8 of 40 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people through its...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Enumclaw, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this wonderful museum. It had just the right number of exhibits, making it a great field trip opportunity for families with kids. I loved how there were chronological explanations / exhibits of the different ethnic groups who came to the Hawaiian Islands during the last two centuries. The geological exhibits were excellent as well.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Wow, what a great way to see Hawaiian history and Hilo history! A very cool way to spend a few hours of your day. So inexpensive to get in! They even offer guided narrated tours twice a day at 11 and 2. Great and fun place to visit.

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Berkeley, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Fascinating, well-designed museum of the history, culture and geography of Hawaii. With just two floors and a few galleries, you can fit in a visit in an hour or so, or add a tour of the adjacent Mission House for another half hour well spent. We wish there were a book that distilled all the information from the very well-designed... More 

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Ottawa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This small museum is a gem. You'll get an idea of the island's and its peoples' history in a nutshell. Be sure to sign up for the guided tour of the Lyman house next door.

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This little museum in Hilo had several wonderful exhibits. Their explanations of the volcanic action and all they islands was exceptional. There was a large display of minerals and shells, a old Korean house and the history of the Hawaiian Islands. There was also a Heritage House guided tour next door ( which next started in 1 1/2 hours) ,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The first floor has wonderful displays of the various natural zones of the isaldn and a volcanic walk through . Above are displays related to the various cultures represented on the island. An excellent Big Island museum. The tour of the missionary house was too rambling and boring for us. We ducked out halfway through.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This Museum has two parts: the original house that the New England family in business built and the new addition which has exhibits about the Big Island and Hawaiian culture. It is a manageable size and the docent led tour was very informative.

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Seattle, Washington
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

No luck finding any deals on admission so paid full price but we were all impressed with the exhibits here. The 2pm tour of the Mission House was full when we arrived at 1:30 so we came back the following Monday for that. The exhibits we really enjoyed were the shells, volcanoes, minerals, and the Korean home upstairs. Very nicely... More 

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Oahu's Windward Coast, Hawaii
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The best part of visiting this museum is the opportunity to visit the Lyman residence, which was built in the early 1800's. You will walk away form this visit, gaining first hand insights into life in Hilo during the whaling days---and after.

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The guided tour of the house is worth an hour of your time, very informative and a real trip back in time.

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