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Lyman Museum

276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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A hidden treasure!

This museum is a hidden treasure in Hilo. It has a great explanation of the volcanoes on the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Deb M
Make sure you understand what you're getting

Although it sounds good, the only thing really available right now is a very good mineral and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JohntheLast
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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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"natural history"
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"korean house"
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"rain check"
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"guided tour"
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"nice collection"
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"hawaii history"
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"spend a couple hours"
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"hawaiian islands"
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"rainy day"
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"marine life"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 March 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 22 February 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

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

I was surprised at the amount of history and varied things that they offered in this museum. They had an incredible rock collection, which was a surprise. The staff was very friendly and it was interesting hearing how they acquired their items.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

A perfect place to visit IN Hilo on a rainy day. A lot of interesting things to learn about the Hawaiian history and the missionaries that came to Hawaii. A small fee. I was disappointed that the second level of the museum was closed.

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Coming to this museum was honestly not our first choice, but given the torrential rain, it was one of few options. We ended up spending over two and a half hours here. This museum is great for a potted history of Hawaii- geologically, biologically and...More

Thank PrincessFi88
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

The museum is very interesting but the highlight is the house. The tour guide made it all come to life. The history of Hawaii and this area is interesting.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The museum charge a nominal fee with discounts for seniors. There is a display of marine life. Mineral collection. Shell collection. Several videos playing at the museum theatre room plus a guided tour of the mission house. Tour guide was great and entertaining. He transported...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

If you are interested in the history of Hawaii, this museum is a must. We visited both the museum and took the tour of Lyman's home. Our tour guide was terrific . . . She was very informative. I was interested in all of the...More

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