Relive Mission HistoryBig Island

Nearly 180 years ago, a New England missionary couple in their early 20’s arrived in Hilo. It was here that they spent the next 50 years of their lives.

Today, the LYMAN MISSION HOUSE is the oldest wood-frame building on Hawai‘i Island. Built in 1839 by David and Sarah Lyman, the house is constructed partly of the local hardwoods koa and ‘ohia and is furnished with original and period decor.

Take a GUIDED TOUR to see this historic home and hear the Lymans’ story.

The Mission House is adjacent to the only general HAWAIIAN HISTORY MUSEUM on the island.

The Smithsonian-affiliated LYMAN MUSEUM has natural history exhibits on volcanoes and Hawai‘i Island habitats, along with world-renowned collections of seashells and minerals.

The museum is located at 276 Haili St. in historic downtown Hilo and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit for tour times.