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Lyman Museum

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Address: 276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
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The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands...

The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people through its exhibits on Hawaii’s volcanic origins, flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world, Hawaiian culture, and other ethnic groups that have shaped the unique society of Hawaii today. Admire worldwide collections of sea shells and minerals. Learn about 19th century missionary life on a tour of the historic Lyman Mission House, the Island’s oldest wood frame building constructed in 1839.

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Very informative

My husband had been to Hawaii 50 years ago, and was very interested in the tidal wave history. Museum is worth a look!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Palm Bay, Florida
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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband had been to Hawaii 50 years ago, and was very interested in the tidal wave history. Museum is worth a look!

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Longview, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the best, nicest museums in the islands. Association with the Smithsonian is a big plus. Definitely worth seeing. Probably second only to the Bishop in the islands.

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Chehalis, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great way to spend a couple hours..Tour was guided,very informative and our guide was great,friendly and funny.

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is great with a variety of thing of display. Great place for kids to learn about the land, the animals and plants that inhabit the big island. There is also a very large collection of minerals and rocks that I not being a rock guy found interesting. BUT the real treasure of the visit is to schedule a... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived a bit too late to go on the tour of the Mission House - this was a disappointment, and there was no deduction in price for viewing only the rest of the museum. The portions of the museum that explain volcanic activity from the beginnings of the Hawaiian Islands to the present were very good. In the cultural... More 

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Derby Line, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent from start to finish. Folks are extremely helpful making you feel right at home. Our guide to the old Lyman house (part of the museum) informed with incredible knowledge. The museum proper is a treasure trove of old Hawaii. Don't miss it.

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Thank 421Chaz
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The natural history display provided information we didn't know about the various climates on the island. The Lyman House tour was very good. The interpreter, Bruce, was very knowledgeable and injected humor into the commentary. Good way to spend 2-3 hours in the afternoon.

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Buckeye, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With only a few hours to visit Hilo, it was important for me to see the Lyman Museum. All of the exhibits are excellent. I lingered in the mineral collection, the Korean house replica, and the Hawaiian history section. Unfortunately, we couldn't take the mission house tour due to our timing; they offered us a rain check, which wasn't necessary.... More 

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Branson West, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived in time to take the first morning tour of the Missionary Lyman's house. Bruce, our tour guide, was full of information!! And funny too! He answered every question we had as well as asked some of his own. (Pay attention! haha) The house was the first wood structure in Hilo and they still have some furniture, Sarah's rocking... More 

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Northern California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017

This is a very interesting museum with exhibits about the Big Island as well as the rest of Hawaii. We also attended a geology lecture by two experts on the volcanoes and the land between the volcanoes (packed house--impressive). We did not have the opportunity to tour the mission house. For a small town Hilo has an interesting array of... More 

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