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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

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A geological and historical museum.
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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
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All reviewsafter darkvisit at nightkilauea calderabring binocularsgreat place to viewvolcanic activityactive volcanonational parkobservation deckinteresting exhibitslava cakegift shoporange glowsteam comingranger talkvantage pointgreat place to learn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum both during the day and night. I loved the daytime visit because of the stories the park rangers told to the many visitors and the telescopes set up for viewing. The night time view was awesome to see the red glow...More

Thank Starry R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped at the Thomas Jaggar Museum on a cruise ship excursion in April 2018 that included various things in the Volcanoes National Park. We were there a month before Kilauea erupted and sadly didn't see any volcanic activity at all, but...More

Thank Davidjellis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With over 14,000 earthquakes a month, and Halema'uma'u crater now 4x larger than when I saw it last, the Jaggar Museum will be closed for some time due to so much damage. Very sad, but life on an active volcano!

Thank DineRight4
Reviewed 4 August 2018 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
Reviewed 19 July 2018

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
Reviewed 16 July 2018 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
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
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
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
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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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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