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Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo

(3.9/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Learn about one of nature's most destructive forces and see how affected communities cope with the constant threat at Pacific Tsunami Museum. The town of Hilo has been hit by tsunamis numerous times throughout its history, and it's the museum's mission not only to preserve the memory of these events, but also to teach future generations how to minimize the scale of destruction in forthcoming disasters. Visit the exhibits dedicated to various tsunamis that affected both Hawaii and other parts of the world, learn what caused them, and see images of the destruction they left in their wake. Hear the storiesĀ from the museum's docents, some of whom witnessed these events firsthand. For additional information and educational material, stop by the gift shop. Take a look at our Hilo travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Pacific Tsunami Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This is a small museum that both explains how tsunamis develop & gives you a view of tsunamis effects on people. Hilo had 2 large tsunamis in the 1900's, and the museum holds personal accounts of both...  more »
  • This museum is small, so you can tour it fairly quickly (maybe 1-2 hours at the most). They have a short video and lots of photos and information about tsunamis and the some history of the island. Tou...  more »
  • Well presented displays of the effects of the tsunami which struck the city of Hilo. Many artifacts and photos that capture the your thoughts concerning the event.  more »
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  • The staff are friendly and I admire what they are trying to do here. That said, the exhibits are mostly text and some photos with very little hands on. They have a ~20 minute tsunami video with survivor interviews that is relatively old. The hands on exhibits they do have are pretty dated as well.
  • Very knowledgeable staff and well made exhibition (science and history of tzunami)
  • Staff very friendly and helpful with the resources. I found the museum to be informative and educational. Angie and Kini, very accomodating and helpful with their customers.
  • This is a cool museum but it has a ton of really incredible information crammed into a tight space. There are photos and info plaques everywhere but it's too much to take in all at once. Nice concept but super challenging to make the most out of a visit.
  • wewell educated staff and educating