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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  • Very well done presentations. Lots of photos of old Hilo and other tsunami affected places around the Pacific. Docents and presenters were great for any age or interest level. Definitely woth the pric...  more »
  • Stopped here on a bus tour and had a wonderful speaker tell us about the area tsunamis and other tsunamis that have occurred in the world. Very informative and great little museum. Plenty of displays ...  more »
  • It was an interesting museum chronicling all the tsunamis that have hit the Big Island over the years. Made you think about your visit.  more »
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  • This place is very cool. You get to watch a short film in an old bank vault. It tells you about several different tsunamis over the years and where on earth they originated from. Then you can see more pictures and see other kiosks with more information on each. I paid $7 to get in with a local discount.
  • We stopped here on a very hot day in Hilo to cool off. There is a charge to get into the museum which I thought was a bit steep. Most of the displays are pretty low tech, but they do have some neat info on them. My 10 year old son enjoyed reading some of the articles and learning more about tsunamis. They have a neat vault theater that they show a short movie in. This was okay, the movie was pretty dated but some of the history in there was interesting. While this wasn't a great stop, it was okay and interesting. Best of all it had air conditioning and allowed us to get off our feet for a bit. There are some neat little shops in this same area that are worth walking around.
  • Nice Museum in downtown Hilo they do charge an entrance fee which is discounted for students but they're still relatively steep. If you're visiting the island I strongly recommend you visit this amazing Museum it is well worth the entrance fee.
  • Housed in an old bank building, the Tsunami Museum features compelling displays and a group of knowledgeable, friendly and very accommodating docents and volunteers. Hilo town has repeatedly been hit by Tsunami waves, especially those caused by large earthquakes elsewhere in the Pacific 'Ring of Fire'. Some of the pictures by Hilo residents of giant waves rolling-in in the background while terrified Islanders run for their lives are both amazing and shocking. What would you do when confronted by this wall of water that sweeps all before it? Be sure to stay for the video that shows some historical footage and photos as well as making it clear why Tsunami are such a danger to this one little town in the Islands. Another one of Hilo's gems. Don't miss it.
  • A nice little museum in downtown Hilo. Very depressing (obviously) but well done with a very nice staff.

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Where to stay in Hilo

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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