Located in a modern building built around the 1960s for the Lyman museum, it is situated adjacent to the historic 1838 Missionary House. The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum gives an account of Hawaii’s islands and peoples through its exhibits. You get to know of Hawaii’s volcanic origins, matchless flora and fauna, Hawaiian culture and other ethnic groups that have shaped the unique society of Hawaii. You can see worldwide collections of sea shells and minerals. Also you learn of 19th century missionary life on a tour of the historic Lyman Mission House, the Island’s oldest wood frame building constructed in 1839. With great dioramas of what to expect in the Big Island it is the guided tour of the Mission House that adds to the attraction.