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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 #4 of 15 Attractions in Volcano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Natural History Museums
Description: A geological and historical museum.
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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is a nice place to get volcano info. Some interactive displays and good views of the caldera from the observations platform.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Great night views of the lava glow Interesting history & science displays Nice hike out to the museum

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

If you're going to travel to Volcanoes National Park, it's definitely worth stopping at the Jaggar Museum. Good, interactive displays on volcanoes and types of lava - including samples of different types of lava rocks you can hold and study. The kids who were there seemed to get a kick out of testing out the seismograph as well.

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

View of the crater at night was awesome last month. We have been to the museum several times over the past two decades, and didn't really pay much attention to it this time, but the displays did seem to continue to be informative.

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Toronto, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Loved it ... stay after dark for some really special views, And the displays are nice and informative, good place to buy souvenirs as well.

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kilauea
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

loved being able to see volcano in the distance . it was very exciting . there are great displays inside

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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

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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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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13 helpful votes 13 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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