Lyman Museum and Mission House

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Lyman Museum Overview

In 1832, missionaries David and Sarah Lyman traveled by ship from New England to Hawaii.

After they arrived, they built the Lyman Mission House as a family home, then built the Hilo Boarding School nearby. Over the years, the house became a place to raise their seven children and host guests, including many of the Hawaiian monarchs and other notables such as Mark Twain and Isabella Bird.

Nearly 100 years later, the Lyman Museum building was constructed housing an outstanding collection of artifacts and natural history exhibits. Today, the Lyman Museum offers a wide range of educational programs and workshops celebrating Hawaiian history, skills and crafts. The restored Lyman Mission House resides on the State and National Registers of Historic places.

The Lyman Museum and Mission House values ‘to tell the story of Hawaii, its islands and its people.’ They are a Smithsonian Affiliate and are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Monday – Saturday
10am – 4:30pm
Mission House Tours
11am and 2pm *maximum of 10 people per tour, call ahead to schedule

Kama`aina – $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children (6-17), $17 family
Out-of-State – $10 adults, $8 seniors, $3 children, $21 family
University Students – $5

276 Haili Street
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 935-5021

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