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Pacific Tsunami Museum

130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-935-0926
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Ranked #11 of 39 Attractions in Hilo
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Educational Sites
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Waipu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The video history of the tsunamis makes it so real... and the history makes you wonder why anyone would rebuild near the beach!

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Tsunamis are always very intriguing and interesting. Great photos before-after from the devastation.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The displays at the museum offer great explanations on how tsunamis form and what the impact was like for Hilo as a community. Definitely worth the stop if you've never been.

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Aviano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

One who survived this tsunami showed us around and shared stories. He was very interesting. The photos were incredible and the information given about tsunamis was well done.

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Helendale, California, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Small museum packed with a lot of information. Docent was a wealth of knowledge! We didn't stay for the video, I think it was getting a little emotional for my son (the elementary school children) but the museum was very well done.

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

If you like Hilo and are staying more than a few hours, this is a MUST! Hilo has been victim of many tsunamis, most recently in 1946 and 1960. These devastated the town and east coast of Hawaii and caused many deaths. The museum is a very detailed look at tsunamis in general and in their effect on Hilo in... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you go, I would highly recommend watching the movie shown in the museum's theater. The movie was well put together and provided some good insight into the history of tsunamis in Hilo. The museum was a little bit pricey and somewhat outdated but it did provide a very good look into how much tsunamis have affected the history of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stopped by the tsunami center as an educational field trip during our Big Island vacation. There is a tv video played when there is enough people to fill the video room (previously a bank vault). There is an entrance fee that will allow you to wander around a small exhibit area and fill about 45 mins of your time.... More

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Winooski
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Museum had a movie with actual survivors of the Hilo tsunami which was fascinating. Lots of stories, news clippings, before and after photos. Take time to read the stories. The location faces Hilo bay, so you get an appreciation of the damage.

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a small museum with some info on many tsunamis from around the world. There were a few cool artifacts, lots of photo displays, and one interactive wave model. Probably about 30-45 minutes worth of browsing.

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