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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2833
Phone Number: 808-935-0926
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A Worthwhile Change of Pace

Our geology-loving young adult daughter insisted we include this museum during our recent visit to Hilo, and I'm glad she persuaded us. For one thing, the 20 minute theater video... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jcwill5
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McMinnville, Oregon
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Hilo, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Their is much to see in this little museum located right near the Mokupapapa Museum. I loved the pictures and explanations from recent Tsunami's and how it impacted this Island. There is also a movie room to watch a 20 minute film which documents the recent tsunami to hit hilo. I think you could easily spend an hour to 1... More 

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Thank Dale O
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and leaving a review! We are glad that you found our staff helpful, and that your visit was worthwhile! Mahalo! More 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So happy that someone is keeping the history of these tragic events for the next generations. The have some really interesting exhibits and help educate so future generations are more prepared .

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Thank KonaDaKine
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Aloha, we're happy that you were able to visit our museum learn about the history of tsunamis in the Pacific. Our goal is to keep the stories and history alive for the benefit of future generations, so thank you for recognizing that! More 

McMinnville, Oregon
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140 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our geology-loving young adult daughter insisted we include this museum during our recent visit to Hilo, and I'm glad she persuaded us. For one thing, the 20 minute theater video helped me understand that this museum was founded by a group of survivors of this community's tsunami disasters in 1946, 57, and 60. It's not a tourist-impressing museum as much... More 

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Thank Jcwill5
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Well, thank you very much for your four-star review! We try our best to keep record of the devastating tsunamis that have occurred across the Pacific ocean, and to retell the stories of countless survivors in hopes that others will learn of the dangers of tsunamis. Thanks for visiting! More 

Merced
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was of interest to members of our group from Japan who were traveling with us. Many areas of their country are in Tsunami zones.

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Thank Carol Marie R
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Thank you to all of you who visited! Japan is very susceptible to tsunamis, so it's great to have Japanese visitors that understand the importance of tsunami safety and education! Thank you for your positive review! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are a nature lover and are curious about learning much more about Hawaii's history of natural disasters, this is the place to visit! There are some intriguing exhibits, pictures, and interactive tools throughout the museum.

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Thank TravelRobs
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! So glad you got something out of visiting our Museum! More 

Wooster, Ohio
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184 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm very sad to say I was very disappointed in this museum. It was small and although called the Pacific tsunami museum really only deals with the 1946 tsunami that devastated HIlo. I expected much more especially for my $8 admission. Would not recommend stopping here I didn't feel it was worth the time or money. Staff was not overly... More 

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Thank remsteel6
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Aloha, we're sorry to hear that our museum was not to your liking. It's true that we provide quite a bit of information about the 1946 Tsunami that struck Hilo, simply because it had a huge impact on our town. However, we also provide many other exhibits which cover a variety of topics, such as the science of tsunamis, the... More 

Geelong
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94 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming from Australia we know little about Tsunamis. This museum was informative and had great displays. The volunteer guide was extremely knowledgable and seemed incredibly passionate about his job. We would highly recommend visiting this museum.

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Thank megsiep
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Aloha, thank you for visiting and leaving your review! We're lucky to have our dedicated docents here at the museum. Mahalo! More 

Sun City, California
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The photographs, short movies, and other exhibits in this Museum are very poignant and up close and personal. It's well worth seeing and will show you the effects of a tsunami on a small community.

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Thank dmg654
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review! We're happy that you decided to visit the museum! Mahalo! More 

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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

I found this small museum one that had captured the true heart of the impact an event like a tsunami could have on a community. I appreciated the video exhibits that captured the experiences and memories of real people who suffered through these incredible events. The staff were helpful and obliging and provided a personal introduction session to the museum.... More 

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Thank Reece W
PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

So glad you found us! Thank you for visiting our museum and leaving a review! We're always happy to hear feedback from our visitors. Mahalo! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Exciting, But i am Not a native english speaker, and so it was Too much to read.. Films and pictures were really exciting. Would visit it a second time.

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PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Aloha, thank you for visiting our museum and leaving a review! More 

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