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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum Questions & Answers

Hi, I am planning to bring my 3 year old and 9 month old to the Jaggar Museum for the volcano lookout. How safe is the museum regarding the volcano gases? I was told that some of the areas in the Volcano National park is not safe for kids. Is it safe to bring my kids to Jaggar museum?

over a year ago Answer

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The Netherlands
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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 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.

over a year ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Hi

You will have no problems it's very safe . There is a slight smell

But nothing at all to harm you or your family .

You will have a fun time

So go there enjoy you'll be safe.

over a year ago
NY
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Its perfectly safe but not really anything for children that young to enjoy there.

over a year ago
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Thank you all.

over a year ago
St. Paul, MN
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I agree. Unless the park rangers warn everyone present about the vog and gasses, it is very safe there. If the winds change, park rangers warn everyone to move away. They don't want anyone to get sick and are very faithful to warn people if conditions change.

over a year ago
Rindge, New Hampshire
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it is totally safe. you are about 1 1/2 miles away. no worries

over a year ago
Captain Cook, Hawaii
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There is generally little to no harmful situations and the rangers will warn you if they are occurring, but to make sure, go ahead and ck with them. The young ones should be kept away from the gases as much as possible. Common sense. Good spots to eat in the village nearby too! Drive with caution.

over a year ago
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Yes it is! You are over a mile away from the lava pool

over a year ago
London
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it's very safe and there are park rangers and staff to give information and guidance. The museum is some distance from the lava flow although it has amazing views.

over a year ago
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