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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
Phone Number: +1 808-985-6000
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A geological and historical museum.

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So worth the drive from Kona !!

We took a day trip from Kona to see the volcano. We arrived just as the sun was setting so was able to view it both in the daylight and at night. The museum had great displays... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Medford, Wisconsin
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Medford, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a day trip from Kona to see the volcano. We arrived just as the sun was setting so was able to view it both in the daylight and at night. The museum had great displays and a well stocked gift shop. The view of the crater from the museum was fantastic. It was active with lava activity during... More 

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Seaside, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were excited on our recent trip to Hawaii when we found out lava was erupting from the crater in Kilauea! We were even more excited when we got to the Jaggar Museum and upon further investigation , we could see the lava erupting from the ground! We had been hoping to get a closer view but understand soome of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is plenty of parking available here. There are plenty of interactive displays, artifacts and information in the museum. The outdoor area is great for viewing the center of the Volcano. On the day we visited, the rangers set up free telescopes for visitors to look at the actively bubbling lava, which was great. This museum is open day and... More 

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Langley, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jaggar Museum provides the best view available of the Halema'uma'u. The lava lake is currently very active and is particularly spectacular at night.

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit day or night. The bonus of going after dinner(9:30 or later) is no crowds. Bring a tripod to get better photos. The burn at the crater changed many times while we were there giving us a great show.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located at an excellent volcanic viewpoint with a good sized car park. The museum itself is very interesting and is worthy of a visit of an hour or so. There are also several good viewing points to see the volcano and the surrounding areas which look like moon scapes. Fascinating and wonderful visit. Try and go on a clear day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to go to this museum before you see the active lava flow from the same area. Excellent source of information about the volcano.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best place to view the kava lake nestled within the crater. The lava roils and boils, ebbs and flows, spits and sputters. For great photos, go to the Jagger museum. Once inside. See the history of these great volcanoes and the miracle of living islands. At night, one can see the deep glow of the lava bed. Visit day... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

People go to the museum to see the lava bubbling. The museum, while interesting and informative, is simply a side show to the molten main event. Try to view the lava at different times of the day and night. You'll find it looks very different every time.

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Highland Heights, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You need to see this volcano during the day to get an idea how huge it is, then go back after dark to see the glow and the lava. Bring binoculars and/or a telephoto lens for the camera because you're not real close. If you can't make it during the day go after 6:00 after closing time, you can still... More 

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