Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Island of Hawaii  /  Hilo  /  Museums  /  Pacific Tsunami Museum

Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo

(3.9/5 based on 360+ 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.
Create a full Hilo itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Hilo

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Hilo by other users

39 days in United States & Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, outdoors, romantic, beaches, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Hilo & Honolulu BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Honolulu & Hilo BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Honolulu & Hilo BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Hawaii & Toronto BY A USER FROM CANADA May, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Being there, seeing the exhibits and talking to the people created a real sense of reality. Knowing what it looks like now and comparing it to what was once there had an impact. I found out that the m...  more »
  • A nice little museum in downtown Hilo. Very depressing (obviously) but well done with a very nice staff. 
  • This is an important stop to make in Hilo. Gives a wealth of information about tsunamis, their history in Hawaii, their impact on the islands and around the Pacific. Lots of reading and some nice inte...  more »
Google
  • 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