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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
Phone Number: (808) 985-6000
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8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

A geological and historical museum.

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We spent 12 hours in the park and did not miss anything, We went here at night when watching the volcano night glows. Very interesting and informative museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent 12 hours in the park and did not miss anything, We went here at night when watching the volcano night glows. Very interesting and informative museum.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My son had a great time exploring all the cool stuff related to earth quakes, lava and craters. The museum is actually the farthest around the volcano that you are allowed to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The weather wasn't cooperating when I stopped by, it was foggy,wet,windy and cold. It wasn't the ideal weather to view the volcano but still there are plenty of people in the museum. I went back the next day where the weather was 100% better and I saw the caldera in all it's glory. Something everyone to do at least once... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great science museum on volcanology been going since on assignment there in 1998 & ever since Nice fully equipped gift shop Rest rooms on site Large parking lot Handicap accessible The view of active Kilaeau Volcano is stellar (@ nite) & it's presently for the past 7+yrs as close as you can get to that action MY TIP: We go... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me start off with saying my husband and I aren't interested in museums, so we weren't too interested in that aspect. There were a couple cool things in the museum, like seeing Pele's hair and making your own earthquakes, but we mainly went to see the caldera of the volcano. You aren't able to see the lava lake but... More 

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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this spot- and had a Caldera to view as well as the very informative Museum. We spent around hour inside reading insightful information regarding the history of the Volcano's and the previous involvement with all things Volcano. My parents are coming and this is a must.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum explains very clearly the volcanic nature of the island, Hawaii. It has clear descriptions and examples. It is a good place to see into a volcanic crater but when we were there there only activity visible was smoke.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum sits on the lip of the caldera. You can see into it - and the glow at night is awesome! There is a nice gift shop inside. There are clean bathrooms next door. The museum and grounds are easily assessable for those with mobility issues.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect place to view after sunset, we witnessed the volcanic glow with the crowds. It was a great experience - be sure to bring your seflie stick.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience and the museum is full of fascinating tidbits. The volunteers do a great job explaining things as well has answering questions. We went in June and surprisingly it was much colder then it was in November. Do dress warm though at anytime of year. The other nice thing is that there was a lot less people this time... More 

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