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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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  • 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  more »
  • I love the Lyman House tour! The history of this place is more than interesting, our docent, Jan, was so pleasant and informative.  more »
  • There is a nice collection of rocks and shells including dioramas of wildlife. You can also tour the mission house next door.  more »
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  • 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
  • Lyman house and tour were the best part. Interestng to learn about how the other cultures got to the island
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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