Kauikeaouli, the longest serving monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, ruled from 1825 until 1854. In 1843, the King declared July 31 a national holiday known as Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea.  


Guidelines for visiting the Museum

Admission for the Lyman Museum is divided into two separate bookings: the Lyman Museum admission (self-guided tour) and the Mission House Tour (guided tour). Once you book for one tour you will be prompted in the confirmation booking page to book the other tour if you so desire. The rates are shown below. Call or click on the “BOOK” buttons above or the lower right hand “BOOK” button, to make your reservations!
Please be on time for your session as it is limited to 2 hours. If you want to extend your visit after your session, you may join the next session, IF there is space availability. We do ask that you step outside briefly between sessions allowing the staff to sanitize the museum.
School Tours must be arranged via our School Tour Form not through this reservation system.
Lyman Museum Admission:        





  • Kama`āina: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children (ages 6 – 17)
  • Out-of-State: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $2 children
  • University Students: $3
Mission House Tours:        





  • Kama`āina and Out-of-State:
     $3 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children (ages 6 – 17)
  • University Students: $2
The Lyman Museum is following State COVID-19 Guidelines to assure the safety of our visitors and staff.  Limited capacity of visitors allowed in both the Museum and Mission House. 
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR MUSEUM ENTRY AND MISSION HOUSE TOURS. Online or Phone reservations are required for Museum entry and Mission House tours. Walk-ins are allowed upon availability of space.    





Call or click on the “BOOK” buttons above or the lower right hand “BOOK” button, to make your reservations! 

  • Masks are required at all times in the Museum and Mission House.
  • Please use the hand sanitizers available throughout the Museum.
  • Please follow physical distancing marks of 6 feet.
  • Please follow one-way traffic arrows on carpet.
  • The Museum is disinfected/sanitized after each session.


In the Museum and Mission House, please …….     





  • Absolutely no food or drink
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Cell phones off or set to vibrate while in the Mission House
  • No photography in Mission House, photography okay in Museum
  • Bags larger than 12” x 12” should be left in the car
  • Strollers are not allowed in galleries or Mission House
  • Shirt and footwear required
Museum admission times – 30 visitors per session max:





  • Session 1 ——- 10:00 AM–12:00 PM  
  • Session 2 ——- 12:15 PM–2:15 PM  
  • Session 3 ——– 2:30 PM–4:30 PM   (Kūpuna and High Risk only on Mondays)
Mission House tour times – 5 visitors per tour max:





  • Session 1 ——- 10:05 AM–10:35 AM   
  • Session 2 ——- 12:20 PM–12:50 PM   
  • Session 3 ——– 2:35 PM – 3:05 PM  


Lyman Museum & Mission House

276 Haili Street, Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
Phone 808-935-5021
Fax 808-969-7685


Monday – Friday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm



Lyman Museum Admission:

Kama`āina: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children (ages 6-17)
Out-of-State: $7 adults, $5 seniors, $2 children
University Students: $3
Mission House Tours:

Kama`āina and Out-of-State:: $3 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children (ages 6-17)
University Students: $2

Museum Holidays

The Museum is closed on:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (4th of July)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


The Island Heritage Gallery where visitors explore the ethnically diverse world of Hawai`i by viewing native Hawaiian artifacts and learning about the different cultural groups that immigrated to Hawai`i and continue to shape its history.

The Earth Heritage Gallery where visitors experience Hawai`i prior to human contact and discover our acclaimed sea shell and mineral collections! Go from alpine snow to open ocean. View full-size models of sea life found in Hawaiian waters, including a 10-foot tiger shark!

Events & Special Exhibits