Lyman Museum

276 Haili St.,Lyman Museum, Hilo, HI 96720 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m. ()



Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The Lyman Museum began as the Lyman Mission House, originally built for New England missionaries David and Sarah Lyman in 1839. Nearly 100 eventful years later, in 1931, the Museum was established by their descendants. Today, the restored Mission House is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and may be visited by guided tour (free for Museum Day Live! ticket holders).

The Lyman Museum building, next door to the Mission House, was constructed in 1971 and houses a superb collection of artifacts and natural history exhibits as well as special exhibitions, archives, and a gift shop. Visitors touring the two facilities can see the old Mission House and life as it was 150 years ago, as well as immersive exhibits on many aspects of Hawaiian natural history and culture…a rare and well-rounded view of the real Hawai`i.

The Lyman Museum is one of only four museums in the State of Hawai`i accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate.


Grandfather’s House: An Exhibition on Korea
Featuring a full-scale replica of a 1930s rural Korean home, Grandfather’s House is a completely immersive exhibit, allowing visitors to step back in time to life in rural Korea during the 1930s. Featuring period furnishings and decor, the house represents a traditional single-story Korean home complete with tile roof, courtyard, and a hands-on kitchen. The layout reflects the gender separation of work and life of the period with separate areas for men and women.

The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey created the exhibition in 1995. It later traveled to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Grandfather’s House has now reached its current home at the Lyman Museum.


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