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Lyman Museum and Mission House

Lyman Museum and Mission House

Experience the Island Heritage Gallery, “Habitats of Hawai`i” exhibition and the Mission House!  Look for special exhibits and events too!
The Ni`hau Shell Workshops are August 17th and 18th

Kama`āina: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $3 children (ages 6-17), $17 family
Out-of-State: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $3 children, $21 family
University Students: $5
(Call for adult and student group rates)


In the Island Heritage Gallery you will see examples of the way the Hawaiian people lived, including the tools and implements which were made from materials they had at hand (no metal!).

Experience island climate zones in the “Habitats of Hawai`i” exhibition. Go from alpine snow to open ocean. View full-size models of sea life found in Hawaiian waters, including a 10-foot tiger shark!


Mission House

The Lyman Mission House is the oldest standing wood structure on the Island of Hawai`i and one of the oldest in the State.  It features furniture, tools, household items, and artifacts used by the Lymans and other early missionary families.  The house is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and is an important artifact of the Lyman Museum.

Your docent-guided tour of the Mission House will convey a sense of what it meant to live 5000 miles and a 6-month journey away from your original home and family, in a house without electricity or running water.  You will learn what it was like to settle in a location with a decidedly different language and culture from your own, while being driven by a sense of duty to bring Christianity and Western-style education to the Hawaiian people.

The Mission House is open to the public by guided tour only.  Tours are scheduled for 11 am and 2 pm daily, Monday – Saturday.  Please call ahead of your visit to make reservations. Tours are limited to 10 guests.


Additional Info

  • Address: 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Mission House Tours 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • Dog Friendly: No

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