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Lyman Museum

276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Warning: 1/3 of museum is closed until Fall 2018

The upper floor of this museum, which focuses on Hawaii's cultural history, is closed until Fall... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
United States
Don't miss this historic house museum

Terrific gift shop with great selection of Hawaiian history books; geologic and natural history... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
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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
+1 808-935-5021
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

The upper floor of this museum, which focuses on Hawaii's cultural history, is closed until Fall 2018. This leaves the first floor, which is about Hawaii's natural history (information on volcanoes, how life established itself here, etc.). Looks like it was designed for groups of...More

1  Thank Huckleberry_Finn_808
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Terrific gift shop with great selection of Hawaiian history books; geologic and natural history exhibits are wonderful.

Thank irene_dwyer
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

When you are in Hilo town, another stop is to the Lyman Museum. It has a great overview of the geological formation of the island, its flora, fauna and marine life. One of the guides was great in explaining the geological formations in the context...More

Thank marenostrum
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a wonderful place to spend an hour or so while visiting Hilo. They have a nice collection of Hawaiiana and the dioramas are well done. I also enjoyed my time in the gift shop...

Thank Penny G
Reviewed 31 March 2017

The Lyman Museum is a site that tourist should visit when on the Big Island. It educates you about the family who started this museum and about old Hawaii.

Thank rickystours
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We enjoyed our visit. We arrived late in the day so didn't have a lot of time. There was a great photo exhibit. There was a film to watch - we didn't get there soon enough. Didn't tour the house next door.

Thank portlandnative40
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We had a 2 for 1 coupon and still thought this was over priced. We asked how long it took to go through the museum and the woman at the desk was very vague saying some people took 4 hours. I don't know how that...More

Thank Seabird21
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Hawai'i: the youngest land, emerging from the deep Pacific, playing host to ancient sailors from 2000 miles distance and later becoming the coveted prize for enterprising and greedy traders and imperialists. This is the Hawai'i visitors will meet at the Lyman Museum and Mission House....More

1  Thank Gabriele S
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Want to learn more about the missionary settlers of the Islands of Hawaii and the town of Hilo, then visit the Lyman Museum. Spend the time and take the tour of the Lyman house and see the oldest wood frame structure on the island of...More

Thank johngA8896FZ
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I enjoyed this smallish museum that had good information about the history of Hilo, as well as volcanoes. They have a fantastic collection of minerals, which is a surprise for such a location. The tout in the house next door can get filled quickly and...More

2  Thank Appreciatetheday
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