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“Amazing Mineral and Shell Collection”
Review of Lyman Museum

Lyman Museum
Ranked #20 of 82 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We really enjoyed the amazing collection of gems, minerals, and shells in addition to the native Hawaiian exhibits.

Tip: Don't arrive too late in the day if you also want to see the Mission House. We arrived a little over an hour before closing and were told we would not get a tour of the Mission House, but we could get a raincheck for another time. I was a bit bummed, as I really wanted to see the house, but we were not staying in the area to use the rain check. So keep this in mind when visiting.

Cost: $10 per person (We found a coupon in one of the local travel guides for 2-for -1).

1  Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

They have an excellent setup showing Hawaii history and numerous exhibits about the South Pacific - well worth the time - and admission. There is also a tour of the Mission House included. We had a great time.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Lots of interesting facts, the entire family enjoyed the tour. There are stairs, but every age should be able to manage them. Keep your eyes and ears open because you'll be sure to miss something interesting if you don't.

1  Thank Paula M
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Our tour guide had so much information and gave a fair assessment of missionary life at that time. I was impressed with the quality of the exhibits in the museum while we waited. Museum staff were kind.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Small, but wonderful. This museum gives great perspective of the history of the Hawaiian Islands and the wave of peoples who have washed ashore through time. Really excellent, with great stuff on the natural history and volcanoes, as well. This museum even has a superb mineral collection...go figure that!

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