Lyman Museum & Mission House, Hilo

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The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-Affiliated Lyman Museum was established 80 years ago in the Lyman Mission House, built in 1839 for New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman.

Today, the collections are on display in two galleries of natural and cultural history exhibits, next door to the historic Mission House. The Mission House, which can be seen on a guided tour, is the oldest wooden building on the Island and on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
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  • August 31, 2017
    very interesting museum and nice displays. Be sure to take the separate house tour - very educational and fun.  more »
  • August 24, 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...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    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 collec...  more »
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  • May 7, 2017
    I live on Island and had to visit the Lyman Museum for a project for University. It was a very interesting and really cool actually self-guided tour through the museum and then a guided tour through the Lyman house. The museum does charging entry fee what is well worth it
  • April 30, 2017
    Lyman house and tour were the best part. Interestng to learn about how the other cultures got to the island
  • October 27, 2016
    I had a great visit here. I definitely recommend taking the tour of the Mission House. My tour guide, Bruce, has lived in Hawai'i since before statehood. He was very knowledgeable on both local and colonial history. What I learned on the tour put the museum displays in proper context. This is a perfect way to spend 2 hours in Hilo, for any history buff.
  • April 22, 2016
    A very nice museum with exhibits describing lava and the formation of the Hawaiian Islands with its unique wildlife, a lovely collection of sea shells, a personal collection of crystals and minerals; and a nice special exhibit on a Korean home to supplement historical accounts of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese immigrants. Be sure to catch the house tour and you will find the history of a missionary family preserved in their home. Was the only visitor and the guide was outstanding in helping me to understand the 200 year history of this home and the Lyman family.
  • November 22, 2016
    It is boring if you are from hawaii.

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A convenient starting point for any exploration of the eastern portion of the Island of Hawaii, Hilo features many air-conditioned hostels, ideally priced for backpackers and other travelers not intending to spend a great deal of time indoors. For additional amenities and more privacy, book a room at a private bed and breakfast or small hotel near the town's best beaches. To stay closer to the hub of tourist action, consider a mid-range inn located in one of the old buildings in Hilo's historic downtown area.
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