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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
Phone Number: +1 808-985-6000
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30
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A geological and historical museum.

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Good Museum, Great Lookout@

The museum is interesting if you'd like to learn more about volcanoes. There's also a nice little gift shop. The main attraction is the lookout over the Kilauea caldera. One night... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is interesting if you'd like to learn more about volcanoes. There's also a nice little gift shop. The main attraction is the lookout over the Kilauea caldera. One night we went there was an entire lake of lava. Popping and jumping around. It was magical. The other nights, the lava was much less visible. Catch it on a... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is a wonderful cache of information about volcanoes. It is also an excellent viewing spot for the currently active caldera. What an amazing show nature is performing in this national park. Highly recommend a visit for those that are active and those that like to view nature through the windshield. Family friendly and absolutely amazing. The pass per... More 

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Medford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We got here and saw the lava erupting right away. It is a good thing because the view was gone when we left because the clouds came in. I thought the exhibits were very interesting. There were a lot of people and guided tours taking place. I wish we went at night because it is supposed to be better at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Jaggar Museum is good, but the view of the crater at night is spectacular. During the day, you can see some smoke and a bit of a glow... But at night the scene is wonderful. The outdoor fixed telescope gives a ringside view of the eruptions. And don't forget to look UP. The stars in this dark part of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum was good but the best part was the lava lake views at night. The museum has a viewpoint of the Halemaumau Crater where the lava lake is on the surface as of November 2016. The views at night are spectacular. This place is a little windy but worth the wait. We stayed closed to the Hawaii volcano national... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were fortunate that the lava level was high and very visible both day and night. There is a free telescope to view the lava, but I would recommend bringing your own binoculars. For safety reasons the museum is about 1.2 miles from the crater; so you are not up close like some of glossy travel pictures will lead you... More 

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here a number of times over the few days we stated at Volcano House. It is very well set out and very interesting and offers the best view of the crater and the lava which was very active while we were there. We went during the day and at night and both times offer something different when viewing... More 

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

busy place to view the crater but it was worth it! great views of the crater and just to see this whole area is worth the tourists bustling all around

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the last 3 decades, Kilauea, which means much spreading, has spewed out enough lava to pave a 2 lane highway, 50 times round the world, and this is the place to see it, especially on a clearish night. The museum is well laid out, informative, has a good shop, and has a panoramic view of the crater. A coffe... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you visit Volcano National Park you have to stop in. Great background to help you out the cater sights you will see into perspective. A typical gift shop and various display boards help provide a volcano narrative for your trip. Fun for the whole family.

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