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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
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+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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Absolutely the best place to view the volcano eruption. Go at night & bring a jacket! I am supposed to say more but there is nothing more to say

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Mammoth Lakes, California
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Mammoth Lakes, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely the best place to view the volcano eruption. Go at night & bring a jacket! I am supposed to say more but there is nothing more to say

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is a good place to start. You will gain an understanding of all the activity that is currently taking place beneath your feet. The museum has many artifacts and offers a viewing porch. Good place to sit back and enjoy nature at it's "wildest".

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West Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see at night. Watching the lava lake boil at night and on a clear night the stars are spectular! When we were there rock fell into the lava lake and created an explosion that was amazing to watch! Mother Nature at work.....just beautiful! Night is the best time to go but bring a jacket. It can... More 

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Austin, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is paradise where one can go from a rainforest to see Kilauea Volcano. One sees steam coming out of the earth and beautiful landscapes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of interactive displays for both children and adults who want to learn more about volcanoes, earthquakes, lava rocks, etc. There is also a small gift shop in the museum.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good little museum with solid exhibits. Native Hawaiian perspective is represented, but a bit more would be nice. Great evening show of glowing lava in the caldera when we were there--

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommend going there in the daytime, listening to a ranger interpretation of volcano lore and touring the museum. Then returning after sunset when it's very dark to focus on the awesome glow from the crater.

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great place to visit and learn about volcanoes, lava ,and Hawaiian history. Many park rangers available at this site to assist visitors and answer questions. A perfect place for viewing Kilauea.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Come for the crater view and interaction with the very informative rangers. The museum itself is okay at best. In fairness it competes with one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet. This is a must stop site purely for the crater view. Night time view is incredible so plan accordingly. I suggest a day time visit followed by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The displays are nice, but could be so much better. For example, the "live" seismograph only showed the previous 24 hours. We went back again on Saturday night, and there was one ranger trying to answer questions for 200 people. The gift shop is okay. And we're all really there to see the show, aren't we?

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