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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Closed Now: 08:30 - 19:30
Open today: 08:30 - 19:30
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“after dark”(66 reviews)
“kilauea caldera”(45 reviews)
A geological and historical museum.
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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
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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
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

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

Date of experience: May 2011
2  Thank Rooindie
Reviewed 10 December 2010

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

1  Thank petlad
Reviewed 24 October 2010

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

1  Thank MSWMom50
Reviewed 17 August 2010

we were glad we came back at night to see the orange glow from the crater. We went to kalapana first til it got dark then came back to here. it lights up the sky!

Thank Marypak
Reviewed 30 July 2010

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

Thank wdl
Reviewed 16 June 2010

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. Inside,...More

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Reviewed 22 November 2009

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

1  Thank mrsmbm
Reviewed 11 October 2009

Worth stopping at this location in the national park to view Kilaueu caldera! Restrooms and viewing area.

Thank HeartinItaly
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Response from CarolKanani | Reviewed this property |
The viewing area is accessible at all hours. It nice to go back at night to see the glow from the lava.
26 October 2016|
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Response from jeroenheijmans | 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
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.