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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 Little Treasure

Lovely gift shop, helpful staff and beautiful exhibits make this a worth-while stop, along with a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
San Juan Capistrano, California
great stop

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

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Lisa M
Keaau, 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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

extremely kind workers welcomed us and explained everything. too bad the top floor was getting fixed. however there was a video to show us some of the collection from upstairs. there is a great collection of lava rocks, shells and explanation of different types of...More

Thank Raihan K
Reviewed 14 August 2017

very interesting small museum. the rock/mineral collection is excellent and worth the visit alone. there are tours of the house (only way to see it) and its history is interesting and our guide was very knowledgeable and made it fun. Only negative was no pictures...More

Thank Hibby922
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I took a bus tour to this museum and was very surprised at the professionalism of this small museum giving the history of Hilo. There was a good film and artifacts from times past. The curators are obviously very good at what they do. This...More

Thank Yvonne109E
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We happened upon a tour, and we are so glad we did. The shells and minerals were interesting but the history on the tour was amazing. Thank you

Thank Dylan D
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I love the Lyman House tour! The history of this place is more than interesting, our docent, Jan, was so pleasant and informative.

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 14 July 2017

There is a nice collection of rocks and shells including dioramas of wildlife. You can also tour the mission house next door.

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We visited in June 2017 and part of the museum was closed off due to renovations. They should make admission a dollar or two off because of this. The actual museum was pretty cool. It was more about the environment of the Big Island/creation rather...More

Thank Ginger K
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