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Lyman Museum

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Address: 276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
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+1 808-935-5021
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10:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
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The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands...

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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We enjoyed more than the Bishop

The Lyman is a terrific smaller museum of natural history, cultural history and the Lyman family and mission history. We had a fabulous tour guide for the mission house, Bruce... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Europelover2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lyman is a terrific smaller museum of natural history, cultural history and the Lyman family and mission history. We had a fabulous tour guide for the mission house, Bruce. We were told not only the story of the mission movement and Lyman family, but Hawaiian history was also reviewed to place everything in context. Reading some of the previous... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was very well done, especially the natural history part. We had a limited amount of time so wish we wouldn't have spent 45 minutes going to the mission tour. We would rather have spent two hours in the museum. The mission tour is a history of the Lyman family who were the first Christian missionaries on the island.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I had an extremely knowledgeable docent give me a personal tour in and lecture about the original homestead. Fascinating history about how the Congregationalist missionaries brought Christianity and schools to the islands in the early 1800's. One of the original schools founded on Oahu morphed into a prestigious prep school where President Obama graduated.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Comphreensive collection and nice place to learn Hawaiian Island history. In particular I liked the mineral collection and shells. Do recommend.

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Thank Rubpy
Saint Francis, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Our friends had been here and wanted to share it with us. We are so thankful that they did! It was so interesting and was a great few hours before heading to Hilo, airport.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Museum is located about 6 blocks inland from the harbor. Exhibits on the first floor deal with the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands while the second floor discusses the cultural heritage of the Hawaiian Islanders. You can also take a guided tour (included in the admittance price) of the first home/office of Christian missionaries on the island. Each of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Good historical site to visit. Interesting how the house was once cut in 1/2 in order to be moved and saved. Tours allow for only a small number of people so go early to ensure you have a spot. The gem exhibit is of world quality.

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It is difficult to think of anything having to do with missionaries in Hawaii without remembering the damage they did to the culture and how their progeny helped steal the crown lands and overthrow the monarchy. Nevertheless, a visit to the Lyman Museum will remain of interest to the intrepid traveller. The Lyman Museum and Mission House has collections of... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Great museum to see Hawaiian culture, gems. Had excellent Gem exhibit, They had mock up of Korean home, 3 separate rooms, men's sleep area, women's area & kitchen, quite interesting. Beautiful Koa wood carvings.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

There are many interesting artifacts that are well organized. The tour of the Lyman House next door featured furniture made of koa wood by the school boys and other household items. If you have any interest in Hawaii history, I recommend it. Even if you are not that interested in history, the nature displays and rock collection might be of... More 

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