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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number:
8089350926
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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An excellent little museum, with presentations not only of the major Hilo tsunami of 1946 but of most of the great tsunamis of recent times, combining well the geographical and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Queanbeyan, Australia
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is chronologically arranged to tell the story of the most historically significant tsunamis of the past, focusing most specifically on those which have affected Hilo. A 20 minute film not only memorializes those lost in the 1946 tsunami but also teaches about the dangers and manners of appropriate response. There is much reading to do, so visitors should... More 

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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fascinating to go around this museum. Didn't quite know the number of tsunami that had caused so much destruction and death on the Big Island until I visited this museum. There is the opportunity of deciding whether or not to put out a warning of a "Pending Tsunami" based on information you receive. Not as easy as you think. There... More 

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An excellent little museum, with presentations not only of the major Hilo tsunami of 1946 but of most of the great tsunamis of recent times, combining well the geographical and historical issues involved.

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Miami
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Educational and interesting museum on the history of Tsunamis on the islands. Good way to spend 1-1.5 hours. A lot of it is reading displays and first hand stories but there is a video and a few interactive exhibits

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good 60-90 minute visit to understand the science of tsunami and the impact they had on the communities around Hilo, Hawaii (with special sections for the recent Japanese and SE Asian tsunamis). Excellent video and wonderful guide there to answer all your questions.

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Derby Line, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Should you need to broaden your tidal wave knowledge this is the place. History, science and visual interaction are the order of the day.

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice local museum hosted in a former bank. The old vaults make a small theatre with an excellent video presentation. You have to visit to understand the history of Hilo (and to alert yourself to what you should do in a tsunami). Nice friendly people and the museum gives information on past tragedies in a sympathetic and appropriate way.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum on 12-30-16. Museum tour guide Asia gave us a brief introduction about the science of tsunamis and their impact on Hawaii. What’s cool about the museum is that there are many artifacts donated by tsunami survivors, depicting how the tsunamis played out on the islands. There is free two-hour parking right across from the museum-which was... More 

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Northern California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set in a re-do of a building that was itself at the edge of a tsunami inundation, this museum would seem to be a must for visitors to the Hilo side of the Big Island. Anyone can learn from it but to not understand the relationship between present-day Hilo and the events of 1946 and 1960 if you come to... More 

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PTM-VisitorService, Visitor Service Rep. at Pacific Tsunami Museum, responded to this review

Aloha, and thank you so much for visiting the museum! We appreciate the positive feedback! We're glad you were able to speak to one of our knowledgeable docents during your visit! Mahalo! More 

Manistique, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being there, seeing the exhibits and talking to the people created a real sense of reality. Knowing what it looks like now and comparing it to what was once there had an impact. I found out that the many parks along the shoreline provide a buffer against a future calamity.

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