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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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8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

A geological and historical museum.

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Well done museum. A must while visiting this national park. If you can get up early enough, go there for sunrise when the main crowd will be a bunch of Serious Photographers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Oak Park, IL

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Oak Park, IL
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well done museum. A must while visiting this national park. If you can get up early enough, go there for sunrise when the main crowd will be a bunch of Serious Photographers discussing exposure settings.

Thank AlanTheFox
Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We rented a beautiful house in Volcano so we were able to visit the museum twice, once during the day and then again at night. The museum is very nice and quite informative. The outlook over the crater is spectacular. Be sure you look up, as well, or you will miss the millions of stars visible at this site.

Thank Nancy S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,574 reviews
1,377 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came here for the traditional sunset viewing of the glowing caldera and it was well worth it. It gets really crowded and cold, so bring a jacket and come early.

Thank HelenaGuerra
Victoria, Canada
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old style museum but thrilling nevertheless. Great knowledge on the part of the staff. Viewing of the caldera available 24/7 so you can see the glow at its best.

Thank LML22
Mount Pleasant, Wi
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is small but packed full of interesting things. You will need to take your time to see it all. There is some cool old items and some pictures that will just take your breath away. There are instruments and maps to look over. Worth a stop especially since the volcano is right outside the door.

Thank Bob W
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This offers the best vantage point over which to view the volcano caldera, and the glow of lava boiling within, reflected in the steam and gases venting. The museum itself is informative over the formation of the volcano and the lava fields, movement of the tectonic plates and the monitoring and analysis of movement and eruptions. A necessary stop to... More 

Thank Escape-overseas
Houston, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great location! Not only can you get a wonderful view, but the displays are also terrific. Be sure to return after dark to see the glow of the caldera!

Thank blonde12
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came in the day to see the museum and then back at night to see the lava glow. The park employees were so helpful at night parking everyone anywhere and everywhere so that we weren't way out on the road. Employees were very friendly and helpful. The glow us mesmerizing

Thank Emma N
Hampton, Minnesota
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159 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum is small and crowded, but the views of the crater are worth the stop here! Also there is a pay phone booth, I've not seen one in years!

Thank c3pon
Gresham, Oregon
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257 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got there late, and didn't have much time to look around. My suggestion is to get there around 6pm, (I think they close at 7:30) this will give you plenty of time take in the exhibits. Most of all do wait in the parking lot after to see the lava glow. We went to late so we could only... More 

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