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Lyman Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:30
Open today: 10:00 - 16:30
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A nice museum

There isn’t a lot to the museum since it is under renovation, but they have done their best by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Great museum

This museum is really nice to visit. The house tour was great. Unfortunately, a lot of people from... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
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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...more
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276 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2927
+1 808-935-5021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn’t a lot to the museum since it is under renovation, but they have done their best by projecting a video that shows the closed exhibits. The mission house is interesting but the tour guide we had (a middle aged New Yorker) didn’t seem...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

This museum is really nice to visit. The house tour was great. Unfortunately, a lot of people from a cruise ship were at my tour and their bus was leaving so the tour guide was a little bit hectic. After the people left, she finished...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Very nice museum. We enjoyed the information about the volcano's and the environment, but we really loved the tour of the house and the Docent was very informative.

Thank Teresa G
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This museum answered many questions I'd had about the natural areas around Hilo. We were disappointed that the history/culture exhibits were undergoing renovation because this was one of the only museums we went to. They did show us a great movie (of several they have)...More

Thank vkbrennan
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Wonderful museum that focuses on both natural history (the mineral exhibit is spectacular!) as well as the impact the Lyman family had on the development of Big Island. Fascinating! Don't miss the tour of the Lyman home, or the gift shop.

Thank vickieiglesias
Reviewed 9 July 2018

I only had several hours in Hilo during a cruise ship stop so it was tough to choose how to spend my time. I am glad I visited this little museum and the Lyman family home. I learned a bit about the missionaries who came...More

1  Thank susanb7400
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Went here too late to do the tour of the Mission House but still spent over an hour wandering around all the displays which are very well done. The Volcanic National Park is closed because of Kilauea erupting - so the Museum display about volcanoes...More

Thank DawnHendrick
Reviewed 21 June 2018

We very much enjoyed the visit to the museum. Informative displays and great maps to give you a sense of scale. The mineral display was really unique(So much so we returned so our 12 year old could spend more time there. The tour of the...More

1  Thank DurangoDiner
Reviewed 15 June 2018

The Lyman house and museum is a gem. With the National Park closed, this museum has an wonderful exhibit explaining the Hawaiian volcanoes, very unexpected . Although their upper floor, which has many artifacts dealing with Hawaiian history, was closed for remodeling, they have a...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Memorable experience-Very relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. Something for everyone, children and adults will enjoy what they have to offer. Free movie about Hawaii in back, that is entertaining for the whole family~

Thank Ledesa B
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