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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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Nice museum in Hilo

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Courtenay, Canada
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Courtenay, Canada
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172 reviews 172 reviews
55 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Docent Bruce gave us an interesting historical visit to the Lyman House, the home of one of the first missionaries to the Big Island.

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went to this museum to see the missionary residence and that part of the museum is definitely worth it. You tour the actual house that missionaries to Hawaii lived in and get an idea what their life was like. The museum building itself is new and has displays of shells and other sea items which I was not as... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is another one of those museums where you learn a whole lot more than you expected to. When we were there they had a special exhibit on immigrants to the islands, including those from China, Korea, Japan and Portugal.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Interesting museum and tour. I was surprised by the quality of the furnishings in the Lyman home. I had imagined that missionaries lived more like Peace Corps volunteers. :-)

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

To understand the history of the missionaries in Hawaii and a little about the Hawaiian people this is worth a visit....the gift store has some great books also!

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