Lyman Museum & Mission House

Discover Hawaii’s history at Lyman Museum & Mission House in Hilo, featuring the oldest wood structure in the state and an impressive collection of artifacts.

Lyman Museum & Mission House is a Heritage Site located in the city of Hilo on Big Island, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Nestled in the heart of Hilo on Big Island, Hawaii, the Lyman Museum & Mission House is a fascinating historical gem that takes visitors on a journey through the rich cultural heritage of the region. A must-see for history buffs and curious travelers alike, this attraction offers an immersive experience into the past.
  • Highlights: The Lyman Museum & Mission House stands out from other historical sites on Big Island as it is home to the oldest standing wood structure in the state. The beautifully preserved 1839 Mission House offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of early missionaries in Hawaii.
  • Activities: Visitors to the Lyman Museum & Mission House can explore the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts, minerals, and shells in the museum, and take guided tours of the Mission House to learn about its history and the missionary families who resided there.
  • Information: The Lyman Museum & Mission House is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The entrance fee is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for children aged 6-17, and free for children under 6. The best time to visit is during weekdays when it’s less crowded.
  • History & Significance: The Lyman Museum & Mission House was established by the descendants of missionaries David and Sarah Lyman in 1931. The museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Hawaii and its people, while the Mission House offers a rare look into the lives of the missionaries who played a significant role in Hawaii’s development during the 19th century.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to the Lyman Museum & Mission House, plan to spend at least two hours exploring the museum and taking the guided tour of the Mission House. Don’t forget to check out the museum’s gift shop, which offers a variety of unique souvenirs, books, and locally made crafts that make perfect mementos of your visit.

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