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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 14 attractions in Volcano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Natural History Museums
Description: A geological and historical museum.
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Silicon Valley, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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177 reviews 177 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Best view of the volcano, but the museum is a little small. Wish there was more to see, but most picturesque area of the park.

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Dayton, OH
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

As close as you can get to the volcano with a museum to give you details and history. Look at geographical displays and shop the gift shop for souvenirs.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Informative museum. Should be a stop along with the visitors center. At night, this is the best location to catch the view of the lava glow of the Kilauea volcano crater. Really an awe-inspiring sight - not to be missed on the trip to Volcanoes National Park.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Rangers always available to answer questions. Informative displays and then Halea'uma'u Crater. Impressive during the day, glowing, sparkling after dark. Not to be missed!

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Tacoma, Washington
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67 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great information center about the current volcanic activity! Excellent view of the active crater as well!

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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82 reviews 82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here shortly after checking into the Volcano House to get a different look at the crater on Kilauea volcano. During the day, the view was ok. The museum had some interesting displays and is situated right next to The Volcano Observatory. We left and came back at night and WOW! The view of the glow from the crater... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great interactive activities and good informational displays. Great views of the crater from the museum.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Where else can you walk on "ground" younger than you? Amazing. Little hard to breathe in smog for asthmatic. Definitely worth the visit!!!

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