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Pacific Tsunami Museum

Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-935-0926
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Ranked #18 of 65 things to do in Hilo
Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Colleges & universities, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Colleges & universities, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

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Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very interesting small museum. There is a video that has footage of Hilo and and parts of the tsunami. The most interesting part was the interviews of survivors of the 1946 tsunami and just amazing to hear their first hand experiences. There are a few hands on exhibits and lots of reading about world wide tsunamis. Additionally... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I learned quite a bit here. The docent gave an excellent talk. He was a kid when the 1962 tsunami hit, and personal memories are so interesting. The video gives you an idea what post World War II Hilo was like. The museum is well-done.

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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum puts a good perspective on Tsunamis not only in Hawaii but in other parts of the world. The short film that is shown is also worthwhile. My knowledge of Tsunamis was limited so the exhibits and talks were worthwhile.

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Neuwied, Deutschland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

we went there on a rainy day, but it was really interesting to both see how many tsunamis occored on HI and especially near Hilo. it is also good to learn how it develops and how you can help to protects yourself and the people. you should take about 30-45 minutes to see and read the demos

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Kirkland, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very educational and very sobering. . tsunamis are something to be ready for. . . xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Media, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Outstanding information and helpful staff. Great to visit at beginning of trip so you are aware/informed regarding tsunami detection and evacuation procedures. Visit here first before you go the the 1946 Tsunami site as you will have a better frame of reference and experience. Plan to spend about 2 - 3 hours. Don't miss the video and play with the... More 

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Minnesota
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

This was an interesting place to learn the history of tsunami damage not only in HI, but around the world. The personal stories were touching with survivors of the 1946 disaster on film and telling their story.

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Vancouver, Canada
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Situated in an old converted bank down by the waterfront. Part of the exhibit is a video which is screened in the old vault. Didn't really know what to expect but found it quite interesting and gives you a new perspective on the town out side. Worth an hour.

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Park City, Utah
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The Museum was small but interesting. The video presentations were particularly good. It was so interesting to see the video that was shot during the Tsunami that hit Hilo. Now I can see why Hilo has so many parks close to the ocean. They were wiped clean by waves.

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Excellent tsunami museum. Covers all of the recent Hawaii events, Japan in 2011and Thailand in 2004. Very informative lots of videos of Japan in 2011. Allow at least an hour

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