Big Island Sights

Lyman Museum & Mission House

  • 276 Haili St. Map It
  • Hilo

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Built in 1839 by a missionary couple from New England, Sarah and David Lyman, the beautifully restored Lyman Mission House is the oldest wood-frame building on the island. On display are household utensils, artifacts, tools, and furniture used by the family, giving visitors a peek into the day-to-day lives of Hawaii's first missionaries. The Lymans hosted such literary dignataries as Isabella Bird and Mark Twain here. The home is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Docent-guided tours are offered. An adjacent museum houses wonderful exhibits on volcanoes, island formation, island habitats and wildlife, marine shells, and minerals and gemstones. It also showcases native Hawaiian culture and immigrant ethnic groups. On permanent exhibit is a life-size replica of a traditional 1930s Korean home. The gift shop has great Hawaiian items.

Sight Information


276 Haili St., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $10

Published 01/10/2017


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