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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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Interesting museum

The docents at this museum are amazing. We had a gentleman who had first hand knowledge of one of the tsunami in Hilo and shared with us what it was like. There is a lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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Tyneside England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

this was really interesting to visit illustrating Tsunami events all over the pacific. Very moving hearing tales from survivors. Worth a visit

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Fairhope, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I would highly recommend that anyone in Hilo visit this museum. It explains the history of Hilo as well as how several tsunamis destroyed most of the city. Personal stories were related in a video about the tsunami in 1946. Very moving and educational.

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The docents at this museum are amazing. We had a gentleman who had first hand knowledge of one of the tsunami in Hilo and shared with us what it was like. There is a lot of information to be gained, plenty of photographs and first hand accounts of the tsunamis, not just in Hilo but around the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Quite small compared to the regular museums but it certainly packed a lot of information. I got emotional looking at the photos and artifacts taken from the tsunami sites.

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Lindenhurst, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

stopped in while our friends were doing a helicopter tour...the history of the tsunami's that hit Hilo were interesting and video was very educational as well. didnt spend more than an hour here but staff was also very interesting and informative

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We really like a good, educational museum and this was one that fits the bill. Thinking we would be in and out in an hour was wrong thinking as we went well over what we expected. That's OK though because it was a great adventure. Cool building style too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The topic of tsunamis was of some interest to my partner and I, and this small but well put-together museum was a good way to learn more about them. Worth the $8 entry fee per person (general admission). Spend an hour or two getting an introduction from one of the staff, watching a short tsunami documentary, and reading the displays.... More 

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Lompoc, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I was very impressed the moment I was greeted and given an introduction to the museum layout. There is a lot packed into this space, including photos, a wave model, electronic equipment, and an interesting video. The gift shop is tiny, but that's not why I visited. The museum opened at 10 a.m., not 9 as advertised-a note on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the museum. We really love the history, the photos and the videos. We watched the video and listened to the live presentation. They both really helped put things in perspective about the history of the area. That always makes things more interesting for us.

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Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This museum should be experienced by all visitors and new arrivals. Covers not only the tsunamis to hit Hawaii, but others around the world. So much insight to gain. Volunteer staff very friendly. Film on tsunamis in the bank vault. The bank building architecture is in itself a treasure. A pleasant, historical way to learn about tsunamis and the destruction... More 

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