Originally built as a Mission House, by New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman, the museum was built by their descendants a century later. The exhibits of the museum aim at showcasing the true Hawaiian culture and educating people about the same. The highlight of the Lyman museum is the unique collection of shells and minerals, including a specimen of orlymanite which was named after the founder of the museum, Orlando Lyman. There are special exhibits that keep changing, solely for the purpose of teaching something new to the visitors about Hawaii's rich traditions.
Entrance Ticket Details For Lyman House Memorial Museum
- The given ticket price is for a single adult.
- Seniors: 8 USD
- Children: 3 USD
- Family: 21 USD
Lyman House Memorial Museum Hours
- Mission House Tours: 11:00 AM and 02:00 PM (tour times subject to change)
How to Reach Lyman House Memorial Museum
- Hele-On Mo'oheau Bus Terminal
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46.83% of people who visit Hilo include Lyman House Memorial Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
51.06% of people start their Lyman House Memorial Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Lyman House Memorial Museum
90.65% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lyman House Memorial Museum
Lyman House Memorial Museum Reviews & Ratings
This is a small but very interesting museum. The mission house is very interesting and has a lot of historical information to absorb as well as amazing furnishing from the past. The main museum is small, but has one of the best gemstones and geological collections I have seen outside of the Smithsonian. The seashell collection is also amazing. So many different and exotic specimens to look at. Another interesting feature are the different lava displays. There is no better collection of examples of different lava anywhere. The staff are very friendly and almost bed over backwards to show their “Aloha Spirit” as well as being very informative. It is a hefty but enjoyable walk from the center of Hilo town, but worth the view walking back into town when you have completed your tour of the museum and mission house.
Another little gem in Hilo, definitely worth catching the tour if able to.. Well done exhibits, should be even better when renovations are finished.
Really impressively modeled exhibits of shells, minerals, and Hawaii's natural history and ecology. Hope to come back when the cultural history floor is reopened this summer.
Interesting tour of the Mission House, outstanding mineral connection, friendly staff. Good basic islands natural history with more being constructed on second floor. Well worth it.
Great tour of the mission house - docent was well-informed and humorous. Museum had a few interesting exhibits related to Hawaii geologic history, and a lovely mineral display. One star off since only museum main floor was open, upper levels were under renovation... and we didn't know this until after we bought tickets.