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Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 340+ 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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  • Wonderful history not just about the Hlio's tsunamis, but tsunamis all over the world. The Museum is loaded with information, photos, actives, artifacts, models, videos, etc. Really enjoyed my time he...  read more »
  • Plan to spend an hour to an hour-and-a-half if you have an interest in Hawaiian history, especially the impact of tsunamis on Hawaiian history. Dell will start you off with a detail filled introductio...  read more »
  • This small museum has a slightly amateurish feel, which didn't detract from the interesting stories there were to be told. There were a host of historic photos, offering a general history of the islan...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Very informative about tsunamis in Hilo!
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