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Lyman Museum

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Address: 276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
Phone Number: 808 935 5021
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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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Really neat displays

This Museum located just above old down town Hilo has lots to offer to visitors and locals alike. Their mineral and shell collection is fantastic. I also like the display on our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Dale O
Hilo, Hawaii
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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Museum located just above old down town Hilo has lots to offer to visitors and locals alike. Their mineral and shell collection is fantastic. I also like the display on our extinct flightless birds. Upstairs is the Hawaiian section with nice artifacts and even some modern/recent Hawaii things from plantation days. I think everyone will love this place where... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Loved this museum and tour. The main floor is geology and the upper floor is cultural history. There are several films, we watched the lava flow that destroyed Kalapana.The films are about 40 - 50 minutes. So glad we did the docent tour of the Lyman House. He was so knowledgeable and dedicated to the history of the Big Island... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We have been rock and mineral collectors for many years. We were pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of the mineral specimens in this little museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This museum was fascinating and provided a lot of background history about the Hawaiian Islands and the cultural heritage. The docents were gracious and helpful and there was an endless amount of information to learn throughout the exhibits.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Four of us were here recently. I had looked it up and thought it might be a good introduction to the island for our tweens. The kids typically enjoy history and museums. The actual museum itself were interesting and we all enjoyed it. Not real big but it has two floors. Self guided. We also took the tour of the... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The Lyman Museum is well worth visiting while in Hilo, Hawaii. Touring the Mission House next door is also well worth the time. The museum is very nice, clean and reflects island history and the arrival of immigrants. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

We have been trying to find a free day to visit the Lyman Museum. We joined a tour of their Mission House. One of the best tours we ever went on. Bruce our Guide was so knowledgeable he is a wealth of information on the Lyman family and Hawaiian History. The adjoining new wing is great for family visits. We... More 

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Pacific Palisades
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This is a really nice little museum. A great rainy day activity that can be combined with a tour of the historic house next door. They have a surprisingly good gem/mineral collection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

The museum itself is small with a natural history section on the first floor and (we understand, a history section on the top floor. But the real gem is the house next door, which was the nineteenth century home of the Lyman family, who were missionaries to the native Hawaiians. The enthusiasm of the docent was infectious.

Thank actone48
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The Lyman Museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, creating a highly informative experience for visitors to the island. There are various exhibits on the volcanoes, natural landscape, wildlife, and indigenous cultures of Hawaii. While fun for adults, some exhibits are geared more towards a younger audience. The exhibits on cultural influences and early peoples were especially well-curated and included... More 

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