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Lyman Museum

276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Small museum full of interesting displays and help friendly staff.

Went here too late to do the tour of the Mission House but still spent over an hour wandering... read more

Reviewed yesterday
DawnHendrick
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Hobart, Australia
Very Informative!

We very much enjoyed the visit to the museum. Informative displays and great maps to give you a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
DurangoDiner
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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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276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
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Reviewed yesterday

Went here too late to do the tour of the Mission House but still spent over an hour wandering around all the displays which are very well done. The Volcanic National Park is closed because of Kilauea erupting - so the Museum display about volcanoes...More

Thank DawnHendrick
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We very much enjoyed the visit to the museum. Informative displays and great maps to give you a sense of scale. The mineral display was really unique(So much so we returned so our 12 year old could spend more time there. The tour of the...More

Thank DurangoDiner
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lyman house and museum is a gem. With the National Park closed, this museum has an wonderful exhibit explaining the Hawaiian volcanoes, very unexpected . Although their upper floor, which has many artifacts dealing with Hawaiian history, was closed for remodeling, they have a...More

Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Memorable experience-Very relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. Something for everyone, children and adults will enjoy what they have to offer. Free movie about Hawaii in back, that is entertaining for the whole family~

Thank Ledesa B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really like how this place does a few things really well rather than too many things. Amazing collection of seashells and gems, and a nice area devoted to the geology of Hawaii. Also an excellent layout that gives an interesting overview of the Hawaiian...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2018

Many of the early settlers in Hawaii were missionary's. This house was built by one of them and gives the story of their time in Hawaii and the things that they did for the natives besides trying to convert them. They established schools and craft...More

Thank ROKColorado
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

This museum is a hidden treasure in Hilo. It has a great explanation of the volcanoes on the island. Along with a beautiful display of shells. Allow a couple of hours to fully enjoy this treasure.

1  Thank Deb M
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Although it sounds good, the only thing really available right now is a very good mineral and geology exhibit. The Hawaii history section is under renovation and the mission house is only available for two tours of ten people each. The "curator" limits the number...More

1  Thank JohntheLast
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Interesting foray into Hawaiian natural and human history. Worth a visit as a primer on Hawaiian culture and geology.

2  Thank Charles A
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

One floor (now under reconstruction, but a film shows the objects with good commentyary) is devoted to Hawaiian culture and the other to Hawaiian geology. A tour of the old home next door is very interesting; Bruce, our guide, seems to know everything about the...More

Thank Panajody
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