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Address: Fleming's, Montserrat
Phone Number: 664-491-5647
Description: The Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) located in Flemings, Salem...
The Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) located in Flemings, Salem. The Observatory is a colourful state-of- the art building equipped to monitor the volcano on a 24-hour basis. The Observatory is strategically positioned to view the volcano and surrounding environs including the abandoned capital, Plymouth. There is also a helipad on site. Educational talks are offered.
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Super staff and excellent information

Before we left, we had a question about one of the displays. Not only did a staff member answer our questions, but he told us detailed and fascinating stories about his own time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

From the observatory you can see (with binoculars) a clear view of the volcano and some of the distruction it has caused! You have an opportunity to watch a short 20 minutes movie about the volcano and the history of the town prior to the eruption. My husband and I found this interesting but my young kids got a bit... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Very interesting location with lots of nice displays. We also missed the movie which apparently runs at 15 minutes after the hour.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Before we left, we had a question about one of the displays. Not only did a staff member answer our questions, but he told us detailed and fascinating stories about his own time during the eruption. He also showed us recent close up photos of the volcano that were not available at the observatory. Excellent information, and super helpful staff.... More 

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michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We missed the film and didn't want to wait for the next showing. Some of the pictures and info is pretty cool and they do have a small gift shop for postcards, hats, books, etc. The best part of course is the view of the volcano! That is pretty awesome.

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Manhattan, New York, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Many PhDs are being earned on the experiences of observing the Monsterrat volcano. The observatory has a film that helps us neophytes understand what happened there.

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Morro Bay, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Scientists on staff at the Observatory on-hand to share their knowledge and insights. Great close up vistas of the volcano--about as close as you can get. high up on the flanks of a mountainside adds to the drama of the locale.

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Montserrat
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visiting the MVO gives you a first hand look at nature in full effect. The short video provides the context of the journey of the growth of an island since 1995 and then to stand in a million-dollar observatory which has helped many become specialists in volcanology, changed the way in which this science is studied is pretty cool. Added... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The views are spectacular and the video of the eruption history is very well done - and I am a professional geophysicist.

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Denver, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

One of the high lites of our vacation to Montserrat the MVO is a must see destination. The experience is both educational and informative for science and history lovers alike. The observatory also possesses some of the most sweeping panoramic views of the Volcano, Plymouth, and Isle's Bay. The staff and scientists are both friendly and engaging--visit the MVO to... More 

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St. John's, Antigua
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Montserrat, a beautiful little island next door to Antigua in the Caribbean. The city of Plymouth was very quiet and relaxing. After the eruption of the Soufrier Hills Volcano, the city and surrounding villages were no more. Over the years, the Northern section of the island had major development, a new airport new housing project, sea port and other attractions.... More 

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