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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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“red glow” (57 reviews)
“lava lake” (56 reviews)
“after dark” (56 reviews)
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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a small but informative museum up near the top of the rim of the volcano. The distance is deceiving, it's farther away from the lava than you might think. The museum is interesting and they do have decent bathrooms too.

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed this little gem of a museum and I'd highly recommend stopping here. There is interesting information about how lava forms, the types of lava and even samples of it--some of which can be touched. There is also information/photos/samples about early research and...More

Thank Cincytraveler44
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great view and information inside. Wish we came earlier to read more inside the museum. It's very easy to get to

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

With the smell of sulfur in the air you can sense the power of Pele's wrath. Hit the park museum first then walk along the sulfur trail. If you are ambitious you can hike to the Jagger (or drive in the interest of time) you...More

Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you can visit both during day light and after dark. The views after dark are incredible. Been coming here for last 10 year and final were able to see beautiful lava flows and spurting lava. Could have stayed there all night and just watch...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of my favourite museums. It is packed with informative displays and friendly people happy to answer questions. The gift shop has some really interesting items for purchase along with the usual collection of T-shirts and caps. Toilets are available and open until late for...More

Thank genieNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible lava flow views at sunset. Highly recommend! Go right before sunset because the parking lot gets packed!!!

Thank Morgan W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Jaggar Museum gives insight into volcanoes, how they work, the instruments used to measure volcanic activity. Jaggar Museum also tells the mythology of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes/fire. Musuem over looks Kilauea Cauldera.

Thank ashley200688
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum twice in June; one day there was one lava flow visible and this was spectacular at night. Two days later there was two lava flows visible and it was even better.

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learn what the volcano is up to. Open 24 hours a day. You can see the seismic activity. In the day the rangers give great lectures, and at night the stars are amazing and the volcano is aglow with billowing clouds of orange and yellow....More

Thank joicebiles
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Hi, I am planning to bring my 3 year old and 9 month old to the Jaggar Museum for the volcano lookout. How safe is the museum regarding the volcano gases? I was told that some of the areas in the Volcano National park is not safe for kids. Is it safe to bring my kids to Jaggar museum?
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
How do I get there using public transportation?
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.
Diana J
How many rooms have been updated?
24 June 2015|
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Response from Ozyleo | Reviewed this property |
I am in a similar position to others, the museum is basically a large area with a number of static displays dealing with the volcano & the volcanic development of the Hawaiian Islands. I doubt that the displays change. If... More