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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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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands...

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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Great History Museum of the Big Island

Great tour of the mission house and the attached museum reviewing the history of when missionaries came to the island to promote Christianity. The museum includes scenes of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
BruceJ32406
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Fountain Valley, California
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Fountain Valley, California
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour of the mission house and the attached museum reviewing the history of when missionaries came to the island to promote Christianity. The museum includes scenes of erupting volcanoes and displays a wide variety of gems and stones from around the world.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At ten dollars a ticket, with no AAA discount, it was a pricey ticket with little return. The mineral collection was beautiful for such a small town, but the other exhibits were lacking. At the seashell exhibit, there was a decent collection, but the computer did not work. Sadly, I arrived moments before a tour bus showed up, which further... More 

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Thank Whitney G
Livermore, California
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a very interesting exhibit on wildlife preserves. There was a theater that showed a movie on sealife with amazing visuals and there is a very interesting section about sea pollution that's worth going to. However it took fifteen minutes to go through the whole thing, and the displays need updating. For example there was one that needed me... More 

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Thank Jay J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this home and museum while on an extended stay in Hilo. We didn't get on the early house tour, but got in at the mid=day tour. The docent was especially enthusiastic, but didn't give time for many questions. I really liked the rock specimans, but I realize most won't care for that. I also enjoyed the Korean house... More 

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Thank Gregory W
Kingston, Canada
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

We went because it was raining again!... Some of the displays are really nice (fish, volcanoes & minerals) others need updating (cultural history). There were a few empty rooms so I hope they are expanding. A little pricey $10 for a place that can't really hold your attention that long.

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Thank Rachelle S
Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Great museum!!! After we toured the exhibits a docent led us thru the mission house. She was very friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a behind the scenes look at what life was like back then. What a great tour!

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Thank Minkey13
Basildon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

This museum is decent and very well presented, the shells and fossil collection is admirable. A lot of planning and attention to detail in this museum. My daughter was far too young to appreciate this museum, not for 1 year olds at all, but she did enjoy the Korean exhibit upstairs. Will come again when my daughter is eager to... More 

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Thank MattRothon
Vernal, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The museum was excellent and the tour of the Lymans home was so fascinating. Amazing it is still standing. The tour guide was so sweet. We lost track of time and she came to find us in the museum and it was time for the tour. Where does that happen? Only in Hawaii!

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Thank Crystal Louise C
Byron, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Besides the original missionary's home, (which we toured with a docent who was very knowledgeable) the museum also has several galleries. One explains the geography and natural history of the Hawaiian islands. One is for art depicting Hawaiian life both in antiquity and modern times. One is a stunning collection of gemstones from around the world. We had expected to... More 

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Thank Elaine G
Pebble Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Even though not as well know as other Hilo tourist attractions the Lyman Museum and Mission House (2 guided tours daily) is a must see. The Mission House dates back to the lives during Hawaii's missionary times. The Museum features many early Hawaiian facts and artifacts and hosts one of the largest and most amazing shell collections we've ever seen.

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