Lyman Museum Participating in Blue Star Museums 2019 @ Lyman Museum
May 27 @ 10:00 am – Sep 2 @ 4:30 pm


This summer the Lyman Museum is again participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, to offer free admission to active duty military personnel (including the National Guard and Reserve) and their families, from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day 2019.  Please note that the Museum is closed on Memorial Day (May 27, 2019), Independence Day (July 4, 2019) and Labor Day (September 2, 2019).

 The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 id card (dependent id), or a DD Form 1173-1 id card, which includes active-duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members.

For more information, go to:, or call the Museum at (808) 935-5021.  The Lyman Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, located at 276 Haili Street in historic downtown Hilo, and is open Monday—Saturday, 10:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. except on Federal holidays.


Dig In: Discover How to Cultivate Healthy Soil @ Lyman Museum
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Matinée and Evening presentation (ONE DATE ONLY):

Hey, soil is more than just “dirt”!  Soil is alive, a diverse ecosystem made up of organic matter, minerals, roots, worms, microbes, and much more!  Soil tells the story of the iconic landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, layer by layer, from the surface down to the rock below.  It can also tell us the story of past use and management, and how that has affected the overall health of the soil. 

Amy Koch, Soil Scientist from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, tells us why it is important to protect soil as one of our natural resources, and highlights the vital importance (to all of us) of healthy soil.  Come learn how to tell if a soil is healthy and what you can do to enhance soil health (whether in a community garden, large or small farm, or your own backyard), twice on Monday, June 24 (afternoon and evening).  We promise you will never see “dirt” in quite the same way!

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!