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Lyman Museum

276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808 935 5021
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Ranked #12 of 37 attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We almost didn't go in because we arrived shortly before the 2 p.m. Lyman house tour (~1:45) to find out it was already full. So there's my first tip -- if you want to go on the house tour, go early because it does fill up and the best they'll offer is a rain check for another day -- they... More

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Canberra, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The museum is small and staffed by enthusiastic and ultra helpful volunteers. Worth the effort if you have visited Volcano National Park recently and are interested in the pre human history of the Islands. Staff took the time to explain things and we received a lei and kiss welcome on entry.

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Mission house tours are only offered twice a day, 11a and 1p. They are included in the museum fee so go early if you want to take part in that, otherwise they will give you a rain check for a later date. While the museum is quite small, it is packed full of history of the island, its workers and... More

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La Condamine, Monaco
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Its a small museum with great information about the town of Hilo and the island. It has a very nice staff but limited parking. Its worth a look.

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Hemet, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

If you are into history of the Hawaiian Islands, this is a must see. We were able to also take in the Mission House tour which was led by a very knowledgeable lady. It was a great way to spend a cool, rainy day in Hilo.

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Coarsegold, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Away from all the other tourist traps, this museum is top notch. Touring the main building, it provide a lot of interesting facts and history of Hawaii. The Lyman house was also a good tour. Our guide, Jan, was very knowledgable and kept the tour interesting.

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