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All reviews after dark kilauea caldera great place to view visit at night bring binoculars active volcano volcanic activity observation deck national park interesting exhibits lava cake gift shop orange glow steam coming ranger talk vantage point great place to learn
If you go to the park and do not come back to see the view from the Jaggar at night, you are not getting a full experience. We spent the day walking around and around the park, I mean all day, all over the place....More
This museum was extremely informative and well laid out. They have samples of the different lavas and the geologic history of the volcanoes. I loved seeing the live seismographs of the various craters especially the Halema'uma'u Crater which was the most active at the time...More
Visited here several weeks ago during our trip to Volcanoes National Park. We went to the museum at the end of the day and looked at the crater spewing steam and also the exhibits in the museum. The museum has a great overlook to see...More
We were in VNP July 19 and 20. Stopped at the Jaggar museum both days to see the lava activity from the viewing area (bring binoculars). You won't see molten lava flowing from the crater but it will be unforgetable anyway. At daytime, you'll a...More
Definitely worth a stop! Lately, (June, 2010) this is the only place to see the lava "glow." Get there just before sundown for good pictures. But don't forget it will be chilly up there! It was also pretty crowded outside in the viewing area.
We originally didn't plan on going here, but curiosity got the best of us, since the road closes at this museum due to the excessive volcano gases. The view is awesome. My favorite thing inside the museum was "Pele's Hair". This was an example of...More
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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
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 was closed by authorities.
However, I said "mostly", because (a) we're not the experts and (b) conditions change sometimes even daily. Although officials might tend to stay a overly on the safe side, it's still wise to at least check their advice right before your trip.
- (TripAdvisor doesn't allow for direct links in answers, so you'll have to use this info to get to the right site yourself) google for "nps dot gov safety volcanic fumes"
There's a section about "SAFETY", fumes, etc. in there. It also links to this:
- (again, no links on TripAdvisor allowed) google for "hawaiiso2network current air quality"
Again, around the museum seemed okay short while ago (plenty of very small children, and no worried rangers telling people to be concerned), but stay up to date and make a conscious decision yourself.
By the way: it's an awesome sight!! Enjoy.