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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were 'fortunate' enough to visit during a Tsunami advisory due to the Chilian earthquake. The sand bags at the door reminded us that even the museum is not immune. We viewed the movie showing the big tsunami, which was heart wrenching. We finally got an explanation of the tsunami evacuation zones; I don't understand how out trip research didn't... More

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Bakersfield
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Book said open daily but sign on door said opened Tuesday through Saturday. A disappointing trip into Hilo for this museum. Call first to verify when opened.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Fascinating information and interactive displays that do a lot to explain what a tsunami is and how deceptively destructive it can be. Amazing pictures and first person accounts really bring this museum to life. I don't remember if there was a fee to get in, but if there was not - there should be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you're visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, I highly recommend visiting this museum!! It details the history of tsunamis in Hilo, Hawaii, as well as other areas of the world. I was there for hours, the time just flew by I was so absorbed. If you experience an earthquake and you're by the sea, you'll know what to do... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and learned a lot about earthquakes & Tsunami’s in the USA & Indian Ocean. We spent 45-60 minutes checking it out including the video. It is located right downtown Hilo near shopping & restaurants.

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Although first it doesn't seem like much, the Pacific Tsunami Museum is fascinating. It covers most of the modern-day tsunamis and includes first-person accounts of survivors of a major tsunami that hit Hilo in the last century. These stories were riveting. There is also a 20-minute video that is very well done. I highly recommend this museum!

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