Lyman Museum Receives Grant Towards New Island Heritage Gallery

In the recent session, the Hawai`i State Legislature approved $500,000 in State Grant-in-Aid funding toward the Lyman Museum’s planned new Island Heritage Gallery exhibit.

The Lyman Museum

The Lyman Museum

“My fellow legislators recognized that this gallery space and exhibit will provide a continuing resource to showcase our vibrant history, for visitors, but especially for Hawaii’s keiki,” said Senator Gil Kahele, who was instrumental in securing the funds.  “This was truly a collective effort on behalf of the entire Hawaii Island delegation.”

Located on the second floor of the Museum in a 3,600 sq. ft. area, the new $2 million exhibit will explore a historical timeline of the many people, cultures, events, and ideas that left their mark on Hawaii Island and contributed to the rich, diverse mosaic of modern Hawaii.  The Island Heritage Gallery will make history come alive for visitors by exhibiting artifacts and telling stories in themed settings that recreate the look and feel of different eras.

“Our heartfelt thanks go to our East Hawai`i legislators, Senator Kahele and Representatives Mark Nakashima, Clift Tsuji, and Richard Onishi, for this generous appropriation that enables us to move closer toward establishing the Island Heritage Gallery exhibit.  People call the Museum ‘a true gem of Hilo,’ and the new gallery will be a jewel in the crown for everyone to enjoy,” emphasized Lyman Museum President and Executive Director Barbara Moir.

The new Island Heritage Gallery is the final phase of a 15-year journey to enhance the Museum’s position as a world-class learning facility and treasured resource for future generations.  For more than 80 years, the Lyman Museum has fulfilled its mission to “tell the story of Hawai`i, its islands and its people,” and continuously strives to make the visitor experience exciting and educational.

A repository of local history, the Lyman Museum currently houses a superb collection of cultural artifacts, fine art, and natural history exhibits, as well as special exhibitions and an archives, which includes historical documents, books, and more than 30,000 photographs.  Visitors can tour the beautifully restored old Mission House and learn about Hilo life as it was 150 years ago.  The Earth Heritage Gallery showcases the Museum’s world-class shell and mineral collections as well as geology and habitat exhibits in stunning settings.  The new Island Heritage Gallery exhibit will complete the visitor’s experience by providing a rare and well-rounded view of the real Hawai`i, as it was, as it is today, and where it may be in years to come.

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