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Lyman Museum

276 Haili Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808 935 5021
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Ranked #9 of 39 attractions in Hilo
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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Hilo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Lyman Museum is great. They have an extensive mineral and shell collection from around the world. A great Hawaiian cultural floor and a great Hawaiian animals and plants collection. There is also a Mission House tour available with paid admission to the museum. I had to miss it because of time constraints but will definitely revisit the Lyman another... More

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Annapolis, MD
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Lyman House, next door was the mid 19th century home of a Hilo founder. the modern museum covers the Hawaiian people in the area and the missionaries, early industry and a decent ethnography of Hawaii but also has an excellent geology section with a large rock sample and crystal collection. It does a good job describing the Hawaiian volcanoes and... More

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I stopped in the museum with two friends on a day when we had a couple of hours to kill. Entry was only $5 each as there are bogo coupons in the local papers and travel magazines. There were women in the lobby meticulously applying feathers to hats. One lady showed us the painstaking technique which can take up to... More

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University Park, MD
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Don't skip this museum or you'll miss out on one of the best shell and mineral collections I have ever seen. I also really enjoyed "Grandfather's house," a replica of a traditional Korean house. You have to remove your shoes before entering but you can explore each room. I'm glad I took the time to visit.

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Tacoma, Washington
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216 reviews 216 reviews
68 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We really enjoyed the amazing collection of gems, minerals, and shells in addition to the native Hawaiian exhibits. Tip: Don't arrive too late in the day if you also want to see the Mission House. We arrived a little over an hour before closing and were told we would not get a tour of the Mission House, but we could... More

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RIVERSIDE, CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

They have an excellent setup showing Hawaii history and numerous exhibits about the South Pacific - well worth the time - and admission. There is also a tour of the Mission House included. We had a great time.

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Upland, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Lots of interesting facts, the entire family enjoyed the tour. There are stairs, but every age should be able to manage them. Keep your eyes and ears open because you'll be sure to miss something interesting if you don't.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Our tour guide had so much information and gave a fair assessment of missionary life at that time. I was impressed with the quality of the exhibits in the museum while we waited. Museum staff were kind.

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