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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Open Now: 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
+1 808-985-6000
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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 8 May 2018 via mobile

You must come here to see the volcano up close! Definitely a must see both day and at night if in the area!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jessicad787
Reviewed 6 May 2018

The view of Kilaeua and the lava in the crater was amazing in late April to early May, 2018. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Grady T
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Inspite of that many many tourists, the staff was very calm and friendly. We could learn a lot. Great Expedition. And livecam to the spot with now lavaflow and where we couldnt walk to.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Regine27762
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Wow, we just get wowed every time spectacular views. We just can’t seem to get enough. Everyone around you is Wowed and it just amps you up Don’t forget your binoculars

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank riverata
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to learn about the National Park’s history, volcanoes in general and lava. It’s open until 8pm so it’s a great place to visit in the evening before going to see the lava glow. You can easily spend anywhere from 15 minutes to an...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank travel193
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Take the time to come to the museum at night to view the glowing in the Kilauea Caldera. Informative exhibits in the museum detailing the geology of volcanoes, the types of lava, real time monitors and the history of eruptions here at Volcanoes NP. Essential...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

This was my third trip to the Thomas Jagger Museum. This was the first time we were blessed with a firery display. This is a MUST STOP when visiting Volcano National Park.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank DartagnanC44
Reviewed 20 April 2018

We headed up here around sunset to see the volcano at night. What they don't tell anyone is that the main parking lot fills up and they send you to one about a half mile walk away with no explanation. So, once you park it's...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Brett A
Reviewed 18 April 2018

This is the first thing you come across when you enter the park.There are restrooms and water here,plenty of parking, a gift shop.They play films about volcanos that are interesting.Be sure to go across the street to the volcano house, do not even move your...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank simpleyme
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

On the day we went it took 2 and bit hours to arrive. Started raining the creater was steaming and in the distances you could see lava blasting into the air. The skies cleared for a moment for us to take photos before cloud came...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Rodney J
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Miranda M
7 April 2018|
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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.