Lyman Museum and Mission House

276 Haili St.
Hilo, HI 96720- Map It
(808) 935-5021

AAA Editor Notes

Lyman Museum and Mission House is at 276 Haili St. The Mission House, completed in 1839, was built for David and Sarah Lyman, a missionary family from New England. The house—reputedly the oldest wood-frame structure on Hawai‘i Island—was built with support timbers from local forests and puddle-glass windowpanes. Visitors on a guided tour can view the house’s period furnishings, wallpaper and décor. Next door, the Lyman Museum is a modern museum building built in 1972. Exhibits cover Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural history. Within the Earth Heritage Gallery are seashell, gem and mineral collections as well as displays about volcanology and Hawai‘i’s habitats. A special gallery features changing exhibits. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$10; $8 (ages 60+ and Hawai‘i residents); $5 (college students with ID); $3 (ages 6-17); $21 (family).
Hours: Museum Mon.-Sat. 10-4:30. Guided tours of the Mission House are given at 11 and 2; phone ahead to confirm tour schedule. Closed Jan. 1, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.