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“Local History”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lyman Museum

Lyman Museum
Ranked #22 of 80 things to do in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum tells the story of Hawaii’s islands and people through its exhibits on Hawaii’s volcanic origins, flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world, Hawaiian culture, and other ethnic groups that have shaped the unique society of Hawaii today. Admire worldwide collections of sea shells and minerals. Learn about 19th century missionary life on a tour of the historic Lyman Mission House, the Island’s oldest wood frame building constructed in 1839.
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Local History”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

When visiting a place it is good to get to know the basic history of it. This nusum provides a good history as well as gelogic background of HI. The Mission house is nicely maintained and has several interestign charachteristics. Worth a visit only takes about an hour.

Visited September 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A good look at Hawaiian history”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

The Lyman Museum was a great way to see some authentic artifacts and to learn about Hawaiian history and culture. I learned things that were not necessarily found in tourist literature and lots of examples of clothing, tools, jewelry, etc. Plus there was an extensive collection of crystals and stones, which are an interest of mine. Kids and teens would probably not appreciate it because there is not much hands on, but I liked it a lot.

Visited September 2013
Thank Janice B
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit in Hilo”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian. A tour (reduced entrance fee with a coupon in a book) included the Mission House next door which was the home of David and Sara Lyman who arrived in Hilo in 1823 and built a church and this very nice home. This was part of the Congregational Foreign Mission Board that was in Hawaii from 1820-1850 and did an enormous job. Many of the descendants are still on the island. A school was established in Honolulu in the 1840's for missionary children. Although the museum was closing, a very knowledgeable Lyman Museum guide took us through the Mission House which we found was fascinating.

Visited June 2013
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Southern Cal.
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lyman Mission House and Gem Museum”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

I really enjoyed the home tour with period furniture made by the Lymans and their school. The tours require a sign up in the Gem Museum but run frequently.The docent was very clear and informative. I am so glad the house was saved for us to view.
The Gem Museum is well set up also. Our 6 year old daughter enjoyed both.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank TravelinMad
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Richardson, Texas
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143 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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“Missionary Home - Good Example of the Times”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

There is a film you can watch first on the life and times of the early missionaries in Hawaii a small gift shop and a museum which contains not only rocks, crystals, geodes and other collections of the Lymans but also has a rotating special exhibit space (when we went it was Steven Caron and his photos of Burma along with a complete Korean house). Then you can go next door and get a guided tour of David and Sarah Lyman's house (1800's missionaries to the Hawaiian people).

Visited April 2013
Thank Seva L
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