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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.
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  • Our family enjoyed this historic museum. So much interest and many of the displays draw you in. So much tragedy happened years ago. 
  • Well done small museum I had always overlooked until a friend mentioned it. Be sure to give it at least a short visit as it shows what happened to Hilo. 
  • This tiny museum is packed with information about tsunamis around the world as well as how to react and survive a tsunami. Most of this information is posted in very written exhibits around the buildi...  more »
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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