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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Closed Now: 08:30 - 19:30
Open today: 08:30 - 19:30
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  • Average4%
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“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 21 March 2018

BRING a JACKET!!! Not kidding! Thankfully both of us had remembered it would be cool at the volcano. The view of the crater is terrific and the exhibits in the Museum very informative! I especially enjoyed the daily activity reports that they post every day.......More

Thank Shirley S
Reviewed 21 March 2018

This is a very nicely done interpretive museum located right on the rim of the caldera. Steam and smoke are clearly visible and I suggest staying until dark when you can then see the glow of the lava in the caldera. The landscape is like...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 20 March 2018

If time permits to visit the lookout and Jaggar museum only once, then plan to go around sunset to have enough light to drive there, view the small museum exhibits and then when it's darker go out to experience the crater glow. If you are...More

1  Thank TravelMama808
Reviewed 18 March 2018

The Jaggar museum sits at the top of the crater and provides lots of information about the crater and history of the area. There were beautiful murals depicting the gods and goddesses and scenes of history. There is also a little gift shop in the...More

Thank Tina C
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

All you want to know about volcanos is described within the great exhibits at the Jaggar Museum. The museum is packed and a lot of people know to come after sunset, when you can better see the red glow of the nearby erupting volcano.

2  Thank loveDCA
Reviewed 17 March 2018

This museum provides a variety of exhibits that give good descriptive information on all volcanoes as well as those on the Big Island. There is a large selection of books, posters, and other information for sale. Most importantly, long sleeve shirts are available to purchase...More

Thank NTSU1975
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

All you need to know about this area is present in the visitor cemtre and the jaggar. The view from the terrace is amazingly wonderful. Come at dawn early to get a parking lot. The gloom of the lava is perfect. This is a must.

Thank mhaushh14
Reviewed 11 March 2018

Loved all the displays in the museum. The hair lava was really cool to see. My kids loved being able to touch things. We got a lot of information on volcano activity and formations. Definitely must visit if you are on the Island! It has...More

Thank Odyssey808738
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Very impressed with museum - a must to check out when you’re at lookout. Tons of interesting info. If you’re lucky enough to be there while crater is erupting hopefully you’ll get to watch through their telescope - an awesome sight!

Thank tessp999
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place. Very informative. The rangers will answer any questions and are helpful. The only downfall it’s small and it gets crowded. They can have numerous tour buses at one time. If this is something you would like to do on your own. I...More

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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.