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Lyman Museum

276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Great small museum

I really like how this place does a few things really well rather than too many things. Amazing... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Enduro338
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Dallas
Early settlers in Hawaii

Many of the early settlers in Hawaii were missionary's. This house was built by one of them and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ROKColorado
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Arvada, Colorado
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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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  • Poor2%
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276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I really like how this place does a few things really well rather than too many things. Amazing collection of seashells and gems, and a nice area devoted to the geology of Hawaii. Also an excellent layout that gives an interesting overview of the Hawaiian...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many of the early settlers in Hawaii were missionary's. This house was built by one of them and gives the story of their time in Hawaii and the things that they did for the natives besides trying to convert them. They established schools and craft...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

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 25 March 2018

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

1  Thank JohntheLast
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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.

Thank tedact
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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

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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.

Thank DCody
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