Lyman Museum in Hawaii

Address: 276 Haili St., Hilo, HI 96720-2978 - MAP
Phone: (808) 935-5021

Lyman MuseumThe Lyman Museum presents the rich heritage of Hawaiian natural history and culture, exploring the Hawaii of the past, present and future.

The galleries at the Lyman Museum focus mainly on the natural history of Hawaii and the ethnic diversity of the area.

The Earth Heritage Gallery, for example, chronicles the Hawaiian experience prior to human contact. The bones of two flightless birds unique to Hawaii can only be found here, providing a unique opportunity for the public to learn firsthand about the Hawaiian Rail and the flightless goose. A world-renowned sea shell and mineral collection includes Orlymanite, a rare mineral discovered and identified only in 1987.

The Island Heritage Gallery presents the diversity of the Hawaiian people and their cultures. Learn about the tools and implements on display that native Hawaiians used for fishing and hunting. Fish nets and hooks, baskets, wooden bowls and poi pounders are all part of the extensive tool collection. You'll also see clothing and adornments made from bone, feathers and other natural materials.

The museum began as the Lyman Mission House, which was originally built for New England missionaries. Nearly 100 years later, the home was fully restored and then placed on the National Registers of Historic Places.

The Mission House, adjacent to the Lyman Museum, gives visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the late 1800s.