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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
+1 808-985-6000
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A geological and historical museum.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“after dark” (66 reviews)
“visit at night” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 19:30
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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
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"after dark"
in 66 reviews
"visit at night"
in 18 reviews
"great place to view"
in 22 reviews
"kilauea caldera"
in 43 reviews
"bring binoculars"
in 20 reviews
"volcanic activity"
in 52 reviews
"active volcano"
in 72 reviews
"national park"
in 92 reviews
"observation deck"
in 19 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 18 reviews
"lava cake"
in 62 reviews
"gift shop"
in 74 reviews
"orange glow"
in 21 reviews
"steam coming"
in 20 reviews
"ranger talk"
in 16 reviews
"vantage point"
in 19 reviews
"great place to learn"
in 16 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing view and an interesting museum. We have visited it often and enjoyed every time. Unfortunately, the museum is currently closed due to volcanic activity in the area

Thank Brandi1970
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maps, Dioramas, lava types to touch plus the view of the Kilauea crater. There is a gift shop also. Some days they have to close because of the current eruption and the threat of gases and explosive debris. Free entry except for fees to get...More

Thank HawaiiDaveJr
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum with a great lookout. I heard they have had some damage with the current eruption. The museum shows different types of lava like Pale’s hair. Very cool.

Thank SandyAmanda
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

The museum has lots of great information not only about Kilauea and Hawaii, but volcanology, lava, geology and seismicity in general. It is worth spending some time here before venturing out into the park as the scenery then becomes more that just scenery. You also...More

3  Thank Karrst
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Had an interesting time learning about and seeing active volcanoes. To feel the heat,,,see the steam and yuck that smell ….lol Also saw lava fields...was cool to see vegetation coming alive from the solid rock formations.

1  Thank Deborah R
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Named after Dr.Thomas Augustus Jaggar (1871-1953) who travelled to Hawai'i in 1909 to find out information on volcanic and seismic studies. He was supported financially by businessman Lorrin A. Thurston to construct the Hawai'i Volcano Observatory, in which he was director until 1940. The present...More

1  Thank Mina P
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

We expected to see more but under circumstances we saw what we could. We stopped by day before it closed due to eruption. Tour guides at visitor center were very informative but nothing to see outside.

Thank Crystal K
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

We enjoyed visiting this museum. There is an excellent view of the volcano, and lots of educational information available that was very interesting. My 3 kids ages 15, 12, and 8 all loved it. It was so interesting, that we came back after dark for...More

Thank Aileen K
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Thomas Jaggar is a Great place to visit during the rain. The exhibition is very informative. I learned a lot about volcano in this Musuem. Also you can take a photo of active volcano from this Musuem, but it is kind of far away so...More

Thank TheNayzer
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Wow this was amazing especially as we visited a few days after there was an eruption!! Not to be missed, due to the recent events a lot of the parts of the National Park were closed but Jaguar day and night viewing is a must!...More

Thank marymathews_78
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Miranda M
7 April 2018|
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Response from CarolKanani | Reviewed this property |
The viewing area is accessible at all hours. It nice to go back at night to see the glow from the lava.
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VenkyTraveller
26 October 2016|
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Response from Jeroen-TA | Reviewed this property |
I second the above comments... mostly. When we were there Oct '16 it was safe around the museum with hardly even any smell at all. The part that was deemed unsafe (about 50% of the road around the crater) due to gases/fumes... More
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TommyW0mmy
3 June 2016|
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Response from Still20 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I rented a car, so I am not sure about public transportation. The Museum is nestled in the national park.
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