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Pacific Tsunami Museum

130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-935-0926
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Ranked #13 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Educational Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Educational Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

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Sao Paulo, SP
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80 reviews 80 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Its great to see Hilo town before the tsunami destroyed it. Great old photos and information about the tsunamis and people of Hilo.

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Maryland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This place has a very worthwhile mission--to inform locals about the history and the dangers of tsunamis. They're something that has had a major impact on Hawaii and people should be more aware. But, this is really just a bunch of story boards on the walls. I'm not sure what I got from visiting this museum that I couldn't have... More 

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Very informational and educational while keeping it interesting. Definitely worth the visit and be sure to see the short movie they offer.

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Stamford CT
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125 reviews 125 reviews
63 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This little museum (in a former bank) on the main street in Hilo is well worth a visit. You'll learn that a tsunami is much more than a "big wave" and how tsunamis have affected Hawaii and other areas. Very moving.

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Apex, North Carolina
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55 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We stopped there on a rainy day for something to do. It is a small museum that documents the history of Hawaiian tsunamis. The museum is very informative and take about an hour to do.

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Ottawa, ON
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26 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This museum is located very close to the Discovery museum at 130 Kamehameha Ave. and an easy walk from the bus terminal. General admission is $8.00 and $7.00 for seniors. The museum is staffed by volunteers some of whom lived through the event. The museum details the destruction of two tsunamis that have hit Hilo and shows how undersea earthquakes... More 

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Hawaii
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89 reviews 89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It is incredible to see how much of Hilo was destroyed utterly. And to stand on Coconut island and see how high the wave actually was. When you look around Hilo everything has been rebuilt and it is hard to imagine what happened, till you go to the museum.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Well worth the time and money. Small but informative. The introductory film was worth the time spent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The history of Hilo and the island is intertwinedwith nature. Tsunamis here and around the world are featured, with geological demonstrations and especially personal accounts. History of the area, a glimpse at indivdiuals and communities worldwide who have faced tidal waves

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

At the end of the main set of picturest storefronts we came across this austere bank looking building.Do not be scared off.Although we were there to visit Volcanoes National Park we couldn't pull ourselves away from this wonderful active museum.Well worth the visit.

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