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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-935-0926
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Very informative

If you've ever wondered about tsunamis, make it a point to stop in...very informative, not expensive... In about an hour you've been around the museum... A perfect stop on a grey... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Candiac
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you've ever wondered about tsunamis, make it a point to stop in...very informative, not expensive... In about an hour you've been around the museum... A perfect stop on a grey day

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oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We stopped at this small museum and found the information timely....Tsunamis can be triggered when there is earthquake activity or when there is volcanic action, like the lava flowing currently at the volcanoe on the Big Island! The devastation it caused on the island was amazing. I highly recommend stopping here to get educated about the history of the Tsunamis... More 

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Elyria, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Don't miss this. There is a film on the 1946 tsunami at Hilo and an earlier tsunami. Also, inside the museum are displays and pictures of other tsunami's. If there is a children's presentation, be sure you hear about tsunami's from one of the presenters at the museum.

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We stopped in here on our last afternoon in Hilo. The museum is in an old bank which survived the most recent tsunami to hit this town. The museum is comprehensive and looks at the history of tsunamis affecting the islands and how that has affected the people who have lived here. The exhibits cover from pre-western-contact history of the... More 

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Spring Hill, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Even though a small Museum, we did enjoy it Interesting to listen to the eyewitness accounts of that tragic day. On the day of the tsunami, this museum was a bank and is one of the only buildings still standing after the tsunami. The film is shown in the actual bank vault. You can go through if very quickly. A... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It didn't take long to see the displays and read about past tsunamis. The best part was the film and the eye witnesses telling about their survival stories. If you are in Hilo and have an hour or so to spare, go see this museum.

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adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

great interactive display area with details on the surges to hit the islands over the last 100 years good display of photographic records of the periods info on the tsunami reporting and warning systems now in place across the pacific and indian oceans

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38 reviews 38 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was a basic little museum with a good heart. Kids liked the movie and the tsunami simulator. Not the best museum we've ever been to but worthwhile nonetheless.

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Prince George, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This Museum is poorly done and not worth the price of admission. The old bank building in which it is located is far more interesting. The displays seen as you walk in do not encourage you to dig deeper and neither does the staff who appear indifferent and unfriendly. While looking at displays I noticed that most people walked in,... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

When you're in Hawaii, its pretty important to understand what a tsunami is. This museum looks like it doesn't have a lot of funding, but it is very educational--and a bit scary.

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