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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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Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We came here in July on a stormy night, thunder, lightening and massive downpour. Flash flood warnings for Hilo, but up here in Volcano, amazing. The severe rainstorms did not detract from the amazing red glow. The pathways were inches think in water, but not cold. We got soaking wet, but hey lives an adventure! worth seeing day or night... More

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This museum is located right at the lookout center for Kilauea. Spend a few minutes browsing inside at the history of the area as well as the science behind the volcanic activity in the region. Then, step on outside to view Kilauea in all her glory. This is also a spot where the webcams are located so you can phone... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This attraction features a small museum and a beautiful lookout over the Halema'uma'u Crater and the Kaluea Caldera. The museum is informative, explaining and having samples of various types of rocks, the history of the volcano, maps, art, interesting stories, seismological instruments, and more. (Museum is open 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.) Although the outlook is fantastic during the day,... More

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Orange County, CA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you want to see an active volcano this is the place to do it. The Thomas Jaggar museum lies at the rim of the caldera, and allows the visitor to see the earth come alive! The best time to come here is just before sunset, so you have some time to walk through the museum, and see the colors... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

You must visit this museum if you are going to Volcanos National Park - not just because it has a wealth of information about volcanos, how Hawaii was made, vulcanology (volcanos not Spocks) and a great gift shop and clean toilets but because as the sun starts to go down this is a great spot to watch the Volcanos eerie... More

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Page, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Jaggar Museum has all sorts of information about the volcanoes and earthquake information. The view of Halemaumau crater is spectacular.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visited Kilauea three times during our stay in Volcano--once at night, and twice during the day. Since fog and weather are so transitory, there are times that the glow is not visible. The Jaggar Museum has remarkable information and history (both scientific and mythical). Well worth the time if the weather isn't behaving itself!

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Mililani, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Awesome. Good for adults and kids. Strongly recommended to see the view from Jaggar both during the day and after dark.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

View the volcano at night from here during the day all you see is smoke. Come early to get your spot.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very good view of the Kiluea crater, steam during the day, and glow at night. There is a little museum that has all kinds of information and staff that are very educational.

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