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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
Phone Number: (808) 985-6000
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Description: A geological and historical museum.
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Interesting and possible viewpoint when volcano active

Lots of interesting information on volcanoes. Viewpoint for activity. When we were there there was not much daytime activity but you could see the illuminated plume at night.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Lots of interesting information on volcanoes. Viewpoint for activity. When we were there there was not much daytime activity but you could see the illuminated plume at night.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It's a great place to view the erupting volcano, especially at night, or rather dusk which is when we went. The bright red glow from the caldron is highlight by the darkening sky. Whilst you are waiting the displays inside the museum are very informative and the film is worth watching of the molten lava flow when the volcano has... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The area around the museum provides a great vantage point to see the steam vents of the caldera. The museum is very interesting, and the rangers are very helpful. The museum has a lot more history of the people of the area, while the visitor center is focused on the natural settings of the park.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

You can visit this Museum anytime in the day. The view of Caldera is different at Day and night. At night you may have to wait for few minutes to see the reddish pink caldera but it is worth the wait!. Amazing Experience ! Star gazing in the night sky will be Wonderful ! We visited this place twice...

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

It's amazing how close you can get to an active volcano. Very informative displays about professor Jagger. The Rangers gave an enthusiastic presentation, even while it rained. Easy to find also, not a far drive from the main gate. We enjoyed our trip up to the volcano, I would definitely recommend it. The drive up was quite enjoyable. We rented... More 

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Market Deeping, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The small museum is interesting with various bits and pieces to do with the volcano and park rangers on hand to answer any questions you might have. Opens at 10am and closes at 7pm I believe. But the main reason for coming here is..... The view. It's impressive looking out over the collapsed candela to where the volcano is still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Stayed at the Kilauea Military Camp and treked the 1.2 mi trail up to the museum. The museum coupled with the view of the crater is a fantastic experience that all visitors must enjoy. The museum charts the activities and history of the crater and gives great insight on what the research teams actually do in the park. Highly recommended... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a great place to see the volcano's caldera - day and night. During the day the observation terrace offers great views, but at night the glow of the lava in the caldera is spectacular. The unexpected bonus is the amazing view of the stars above. Without much light pollution the stars are very visible; the Milky Way is... More 

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Franklin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

You need to go at nighttime to see this volcano glow. There is a large viewing area to see it and the museum that is attached to it is really nice. Park rangers remain late and will answer your questions.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a very small museum with some interesting information of what else, volcanoes. How they are formed etc. Coolest part was it has a screen where you could see earthquakes as they happen on the island. There were soo many that happened just that day but too small to feel. Also has a seizmograph for you and the kids... More 

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