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Lyman Museum

276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Museum Tour guide was terrific!!

The museum charge a nominal fee with discounts for seniors. There is a display of marine life... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
North Vancouver, Canada
Terrific Small Museum

If you are interested in the history of Hawaii, this museum is a must. We visited both the museum... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Rebecca N
Honolulu, Hawaii
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“natural history” (16 reviews)
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276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank firstlady2017
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Rebecca N
Reviewed 12 December 2017

This use to be free, but is not anymore. Senior prices and Student prices. You can do this museum in less than an hour.

Thank VolunteerMom4Life
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Museum was interesting, nice collection of mineral specimens and seashells. Tour of house was good although docent was verrrry talkative. Wore me out with lots and lots of details.

Thank badtarg
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

The house tour here is very interesting giving insight into the lives of the missionaries who came here and changed the destiny of these islands. Not far from the main part of Hilo. There is a fee for the tour. We had a good guide.

Thank angeleyes27
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Hilo has a rich history, a more recent part coming from the missionaries who settled there in the 19th century. The Lyman family house is a wonderful look into the way people lived in that time. The museum itself houses a world-class mineral and shell...More

Thank TedinHawaii
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We stopped at this museum without really knowing what it was about, but had a great time and learned a lot. There are 2 parts to the musem (the musem part and the house tour next door). We arrived 10 minutes before the house tour...More

Thank sheilabA8188SQ
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Lovely gift shop, helpful staff and beautiful exhibits make this a worth-while stop, along with a tour of the Lyman House next door.

Thank CaliforniaBrit
Reviewed 31 August 2017

very interesting museum and nice displays. Be sure to take the separate house tour - very educational and fun.

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is worth your time -- well done -- nice displays and appropriately educational. Take kids and folks who want to know about early days, the early mission school, geology of islands, etc. Old house is also interesting but somewhat expected contents.

Thank L2698ICjamesh
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