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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Description: A geological and historical museum.
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This free museum, located adjacent to the viewing point into the crater rim gives a great understanding of the formation of volcanoes, and the geology of this area. It is well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This free museum, located adjacent to the viewing point into the crater rim gives a great understanding of the formation of volcanoes, and the geology of this area. It is well laid out and worthwhile spending 15 minutes looking at the exhibits.

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Great location over the volcano!!! The museum is very interesting to walk around, see and read all about volcanos. Has a great story of a ranger who got burned in a lava flow to see his gear you can't believe he survived- what a great story!!! Plus the volcano was active- this is spot to see it!!! AWESOME!!!

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Cupertino, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The museum itself is ok, but the real show is literally right outside the door: Kilauea volcano, with her active lava vent. Absolutely amazing, both at day and especially at night.

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Warren, Michigan
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

WE visited on two different days and did not see the flames or red lava until the second day. Always worth another try. Be sure to check out the volcanic activity on the seismograph. Jane

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Sydney, Australia
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Sitting right beside the volcano, this historical and geographic display is great for adults and informative for kids. Take the time to watch the DVD of the eruption and peruse the charts and images. I suggest a half hour visit - it's good stuff!

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Warrenton, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Don't waste money booking a tour, this can be visited on your own. We spent several hours there. Be sure and stop at the visitors center for a map. We did the scenic route tour by car and stopped at the different scenic points. It was very amazing! You start off at the steam vents. We took the scenic walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Fantastic exhibits and the view of the crater is unreal. Go both day and night for two totally different experiences. The museum does a good job of educating

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Park City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The information in the museum is really good for learning about volcanoes. The view of the new lava lake in the crater is spectacular from the museum patio, and the free viewing telescope is a bonus.

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Reno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Great view (actually the only view) of Kilauea errupting is from here. Lots of people, but that was to be expected.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The views of the erupting volcano were spectacular! We were there in the morning and returned in the afternoon to see the eruption with a gorgeous full rainbow. We also visited at 3:00 AM to see the lava in the dark. The viewing area is open 24 hours a day. The restrooms were also open all day and night and... More 

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