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“Interesting museum and house tour”
Review of Lyman Museum

Lyman Museum
Ranked #20 of 81 things to do in Hilo
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Owner description: 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.
San Francisco, CA
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Interesting museum and house tour”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

The museum has two floors, one dedicated to Hawaiian culture and another to special exhibits. A tour of the Lyman house is also included with admission and is a must. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to expertly describe how the Lyman's (an early missionary family) typically lived and worked.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Nice overview of geology and culture”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

A pleasant hour or two of seeing the basics of volcanic island formation and learning a bit about the cultural evolution of the island. Also, a good video available covering the loss of a town to a major lava flow in 1990. We did not tour the attached mission building but looking in its windows was interesting, too.

Visited August 2012
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
409 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Loved the volcano and natural history exhibit--just enough information. Also the history of Hawaii. The house tour was interesting but the guide "sugar coated" the relationship of the missonaries with the natives based on my past readings. Also has a shell and mineral exhibit thrown in--kind of eclectic selection of exhibits.

Visited August 2012
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“very nice”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

very friendly staff, nice exhibits. If I lived in Hilo I would have an annual membership and go often

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Hilo, HI
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“WOnderful local cultural exhibits”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

The exhibits change from season to season, but the care and details that go into them are always the same--fantastic!

Visited March 2012
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