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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 stories 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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  • informative exhibition with videos, eyewitness accounts. Very interesting. Learn much new about tsunamis.
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  • And then enter in the corner and parked the car in front of a shopping mall on Kamehameha Avenue and the intersection of Kalakaua Avenue and Pacific Tsunami Museum and tour. Then picture well reportedly caused extensive damage, and felt the fear of tsunami. Indoor exhibits are well thought out and the mini-theaters, video, victims experience has been posted, and has also toured for the Museum came near, was also discussed. In the picture watching the damage of handing in the words is important, but is thought force much explanation will let me understand in a moment. We have come to learn, and accommodation from this far to leave information.
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  • Through many personal memories, this small museum is something special. Of course, the individual components are not as highly technical and modern shown in major museums with more budget, but here one has the impression that the disaster of 1946 was held just yesterday. It takes no more than an hour, should take the time but also for the video. Thank you for the various seating!
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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