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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

P.O. Box 52, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
(808) 985-6000
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Volcano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Natural History Museums
Description: A geological and historical museum.
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Right on lip of Halemaumau, great to see lava glow at night. Dress warm at night, really cold, even in July.

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Wausau, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were there late in the afternoon and it was very windy and cold. Bring a jacket. Who knew on Hawaii???? Fantastic lookout over the crater in the afternoon we could see the steam coming out of the crater. Went back after dark (even colder) and you could see the pink/orange glow from the crater and the steam escaping. Amazing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you can't hike, this is the best place to view Kilauea eruptions. Highly recommend to get to the museum just before sunset and stay for an hour after the sunset. That is when you get the best and dramatic colorful sights of the eruption.

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California Hot Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is the place to go in the evening to see the Volcanic glow. It is small and very informative museum.

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wellington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Make sure you stay around till after sunset to see the lava glow in the crater at the Jaggar Museum lookout. Dress warm!

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Museum is very educational--you could easily spend an hour. Gift shop has lots of great books (other things also but as a schoolteacher I was interested in some books for my classroom). The views of the current lava flow are fabulous.

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Frisco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Rangers make all the difference here. The rest of the museum is standard Park Service interpretation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If you wanted to get a wonderful view of the caldera, head to the Jaggar Museum! I did not get a chance to get here in the evening to see the glow close up. But even though the museum is closed, the patio is open to the public to see the caldera glowing in the late evening.

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Silicon Valley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We did not go inside since it was closed at 10pm, when we arrived for night viewing. The night viewing was incredible!!! And they keep restrooms open. Only about a 5-10 min drive from the entrance of the Park.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

In Volcanoes Nat'l Park, this is the best place to see the steam coming up from the lava beneath the valley floor. It is a good overlook and very informative, but it's a bit worn from use and could use to be updated. Still, it is THE place to see the volcano.

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