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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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Missionary residence

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Glennallen, Alaska
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

It's pretty much how the other positive reviewers describe it--a small but informative museum about the area w/ a historic house tour. The volunteers were very friendly& helpful. They even had a section for young kids to explore (Grandfather's House), which was a nice change from the "No Touch" museum policy.

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Eugene, Oregon
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156 reviews 156 reviews
36 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is a very nice museum , most based on immigration to Hawaii . They also have a lot about the birds ,fish and plants of Hawaii . Some exhibits on how the islands were formed , a great shell and minerals . This is about an hour and a half tour . Some interactive stuff , not too long... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Educational. Dioramas of plants, sea life, and native animals, complete with sounds, are excellent. Volcano exhibit is very informative. Cultural exhibits of early human life in Hawaii followed by immigrants from different lands help explain why Hawaii is so ethnically diverse. The displays are very nicely done and seem new.

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Sitka, Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Check for the times of the tours of the mission house, as the visit is incomplete without participating in the tour. I think that the tours are twice/day. I really liked the second floor of the museum with information on immigration and labor on the Big Island. The downstairs focuses more on geology and marine life. The house tour was... More 

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Kahului, Hawaii
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very nice museum. Short but well done exhibits. Takes 1-1.5 hrs. Friendly staff. Gems display was beautiful.

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Very informative, put what we were seeing in perspective, A must stop when visiting the park. Free admission

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