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“5 Stars!”
Review of Lyman Museum

Lyman Museum
Ranked #23 of 81 things to do in Hilo
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Owner description: 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.
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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606 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
“5 Stars!”
Reviewed 26 November 2012

This is a fantastic museum that showcases both the natural and cultural/human history of the island. Learn about lava types and behavior; climate and weather; wildlife on land and in the sea (they have a HUGE collection of sea shells!); and nearly every other topic of the natural environment. There are also so great displays and information that offer great depth on the human history of the Hawaiian Islands.

It's also worth considering taking part in the short tour of the mission house, next door to the museum.

Visited November 2012
Thank Keith-B-Robinson
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English first
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“3 stars”
Reviewed 18 November 2012

great place to go on a rainy day and if u are interested in the cultures of hawaii there is plenty to see

Visited December 2011
Thank ktosel
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Del Norte, Colorado
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Learn more about the history of the Big Island.”
Reviewed 17 November 2012

We enjoyed learning about the Big Island in the Lyman Museum. There is also an informative and educational tour of the Lyman Mission House included in the entrance fee to the museum. There is much to be gained from going through the various Big Island exhibits which are very thorough and well-though through. There are also numerous non-Big Island exhibits which also held a wealth of information. Though we visited it on our last day on the island, I think it would best be visited at the beginning of a visit because it would give you a broad view of the island before heading out on your own.

Visited November 2012
Thank Suzanne B
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Alameda, California
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Incredible collection of local history”
Reviewed 21 October 2012

Museum filled with great displays and dioramas, easily read descriptions, nice flow pattern within museum. Highly recommend the guided tour of the Lyman House - our docent was superb! Well worth admission.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Melinda H
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Austin, Texas
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Nice side trip”
Reviewed 22 September 2012

The Lyman Museum was interesting and was informative on Hawaii environment and founding entities. It is a small museum but tries hard to please. The house tour is interesting and thanks for saving it.
Jim R

Visited September 2012
Thank Jim R
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