Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Pacific Tsunami Museum and many more Hilo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Hilo trip site .
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  • Pacific Tsunami Museum offers a lot of information about tsunami around the world as well as those that have inundated Hilo over the past century. The film is a good way to start your tour, as it help...  more »
  • A very small museum, but very informative about tsunamis and lots of personal stories from the tsunami that struck Hilo and the Hamakua coast. There is an entry fee.  more »
  • We found the visit informative. We learned a lot about Tsunami behaviors and signs, interesting to know as we were staying in a Tsunami area.  more »
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  • Great tsunami education and awareness promotion. $8 for adult tickets. Several historical display rooms and a 25 minute video. Also the building itself is interesting since it used to be a bank and was one of only a few structures to survive the 1946 tsunami.
  • The staff is great and they offer all sorts of discounts. The museum itself is not going to be like anything you'll see in a big city. But the history of the tsunamis that have hit Hilo and the Big Island in general is something that I am glad people are still working to remember. Please visit here if you are ever on the Big Island.
  • Good information, but hard to absorb. The museum is pretty much a wall of text. No highlights are provided, so you have to read everything or try to skim (after a while, I just read the picture captions) and they have few artifacts. There are a couple of interactive displays, but they also require lots of reading. There are a handful of touch screens showing videos of tsunamis and interviews with tsunami survivors, but they're hard to hear and generally too long. I don't regret going, but I wouldn't recommend it to others.
  • I have been here twice now and will definitely come again. This museum is really well organized with lots of places to sit and rest while reading the exhibit info or watching videos. The bank vault movie theater is cool to see. Great educational and historical exhibits.
  • Small but interesting museum. Lots of info and photos. Self guided. Worth a stop.

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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 bedĀ 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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