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Lyman Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The museum is open to all, and the house is available for scheduled tours.

Didn't take the tour of the missionary house, which other reviewers found very interesting. I was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fountain Valley, California
Small, but amazing.

This is a small but very interesting museum. The mission house is very interesting and has a lot... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii
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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...more
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276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't take the tour of the missionary house, which other reviewers found very interesting. I was more interested in the mineral collection, since Orlyman Lyman was known as a world class mineral collector, with over 30,000 specimens. I was only somewhat satisfied upon viewing, since...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank edq88222
Reviewed January 6, 2019

This is a small but very interesting museum. The mission house is very interesting and has a lot of historical information to absorb as well as amazing furnishing from the past. The main museum is small, but has one of the best gemstones and geological...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank robertdX4400QY
Reviewed November 20, 2018

We walked from our cruise ship to this museum, about 2.5 miles only to discover that it is closed on Sundays. The museum is dedicated to the minister who brought Christianity to the area. The buildings are very attractive and I believe that the museum...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dennis B
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

There isn’t a lot to the museum since it is under renovation, but they have done their best by projecting a video that shows the closed exhibits. The mission house is interesting but the tour guide we had (a middle aged New Yorker) didn’t seem...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

This museum is really nice to visit. The house tour was great. Unfortunately, a lot of people from a cruise ship were at my tour and their bus was leaving so the tour guide was a little bit hectic. After the people left, she finished...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

Very nice museum. We enjoyed the information about the volcano's and the environment, but we really loved the tour of the house and the Docent was very informative.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 394teresag
Reviewed August 16, 2018

This museum answered many questions I'd had about the natural areas around Hilo. We were disappointed that the history/culture exhibits were undergoing renovation because this was one of the only museums we went to. They did show us a great movie (of several they have)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank vkbrennan
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Wonderful museum that focuses on both natural history (the mineral exhibit is spectacular!) as well as the impact the Lyman family had on the development of Big Island. Fascinating! Don't miss the tour of the Lyman home, or the gift shop.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank vickieiglesias
Reviewed July 9, 2018

I only had several hours in Hilo during a cruise ship stop so it was tough to choose how to spend my time. I am glad I visited this little museum and the Lyman family home. I learned a bit about the missionaries who came...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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