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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Address: P.O. Box 52, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
Phone Number: (808) 985-6000
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Volcano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: A geological and historical museum.
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Owner description: A geological and historical museum.
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Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Jaggar Museum is the public outreach arm of the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory, on the rim of Kilauea caldera, overlooking Halemaumau crater. For the uninitiated, it's a good introduction to active Hawaiian volcanoes. However, the real treat right now is the night views, as there is an active, glowing lava lake in Halemaumau! While you can see the steam... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

open till 7 so you can orient the night before you visit volcano. perfect size gift shop and lots of info on volcano and Hawaii culture. Location next to viewing area for creater is perfect easy to reach - on main road through visitors center

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San antonio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We got some great shots of the 'lava glow' despite all the iPhone flashlights and flash photography. Hello, learn to use your camera settings to compensate for low light...you're flash will just overpower your close proximity subject!, (and everyone else's too!) Better views than from the restaraunt in our opinion. Best to come in the evening to get better long... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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51 attraction reviews
345 helpful votes 345 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was our final stop of the Big Island Tour. What a wonderful way to end a fabulous day ! The Museum / Observatory overlooks the caldera of the Kilauea Volcano. Inside the Museum there are a lot of exhibits about volcanoes, earthquakes, and the Goddess Pele. The exhibits explain how the caldera was formed, and also the basics of... More 

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Roermond, The Netherlands
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18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We visited at the end of the day, right before sundown. It was very busy because people were there to look at the lave glow in the crater. The museum tells the story about lava. The different kinds. Very educatunal.

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Rochester, New York
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22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went there as a part of our park visit and enjoyed the educational displays there, as well as the crater overlook. During the day you can see the plume from the lava, and if the weather is good at night, you can see the glow. Downside is it's smaller so if there are several buses of tourists it can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

good place to see the volcano at night, it does get crowded. The museum gives a good over view of the geographical history of the islands

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My boyfriend and I aren't the biggest hikers. But we walked from the main volcano lodge around the caldera all the way to the jaguar museum. it's disheartening that volcanos are so dangerous. Primarily the fumes are what kill people who get too close. You can get as close as 1 mile away. Strangely enough you can smell the fumes... More 

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We really learned a lot and enjoyed our visit to this museum. It's not huge, it doesn't take a lot of time, but the exhibits on everything to history to types of lava to Hawaiian culture were very informative.

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Who knew there was this much to know about lava but there is and seeing this is a must if you visit the volcano area.

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