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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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08:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30
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A geological and historical museum.

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Better at Night

We visited in the afternoon and again in the evening. The crater is interesting in either case, but you will definitely want to see it at night when the lava is glowing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited in the afternoon and again in the evening. The crater is interesting in either case, but you will definitely want to see it at night when the lava is glowing.

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

There are trails all around the rim of the volcano. The museum is very interesting and I learned a lot. Instructions on lava viewing was also available at the museum. Viewing the glow, at night, from the crater is spectacular.

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum by the viewing area has a number of intriguing displays. I especially enjoyed seeing a sample of Pele’s Hair. The museum’s rather small and easy to cover in a short period of time. Rangers give presentations on the paved overlook.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped at the Thomas Jaggar museum as part of our full day bus tour. This was another great vantage point to gain an understanding of how they measure the volcanic activity. Well worth a visit for photographic opportunity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a main stop in Volcano National Park. You actually see the lava in the crater. One of the days the lava was bubbling and it was great to see. Binoculars can be helpful but the park has free viewing. It is a hit or miss kind of viewing, some days are beautiful and other can be cloudy.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Only about two miles in from the entrance this is the place to go for viewing. Nice little gift shop. The park Rangers were very helpful in answering any questions. Two free viewing telescopes, plus the Rangers had spotting scopes available as well. Highly recommend visiting at night to really see Pele' in all her glory and awesomeness.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Everything and more you would like to learn about the volcano's. Great spot for the kids with hands on learning.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the Jagger museum in the noon. Watched the crater emitting gas/smoke. Museum was informative. We also visited the same place in the night after our lava boat tours - as advised by the person in the Lava ocean tours. It was mesmerizing to view the stars and the glow of the crater due to lava. It was great... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an excellent spot to view the kiluea caldron. The clothing of the scientist that fell through the lava crust is also interesting. He lived!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're not up to a hike, this is a "one stop" opportunity that is not to be missed. You'll be treated to a good view of the caldera and steam rising from multiple fissures. While we were not there at night to possibly view the glow from hot lava, you do get reasonably close and the museum does a... More 

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