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Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Phone Number: (808) 985-6000
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Great displays / great volcano viewing

Great place to view the volcano, but if you can only visit once, do so at night when you'll see either lava flowing, or the glow of it from inside the dome. You're about a mile or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to view the volcano, but if you can only visit once, do so at night when you'll see either lava flowing, or the glow of it from inside the dome. You're about a mile or so away. Viewing is only prohibited if the gasses are flowing in the direction of the museum. Inside the actual museum are understandable... More 

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Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were debating whether we should bother after Iki hike...glad we didn't skip it. I know a lot more about volcanoes now!

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Thank jiaotzegirl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting museum showing all the different types of lava (who knew there was lava that looks like golden hair). There are also many interesting videos of previous eruptions you can watch. The view of the crater with the red glow from the lava is excellent from the museum as well. The staff is very knowledgeable and approachable, they will answer... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been there several times the people who work there are very helpful and friendly. The view after dark is breath taking and a must see.

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Regina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After stopping at the Kilauea visitor center and the steam vents we headed to the museum. Ranger Dean Gallagher was giving the 3:30 talk about the crater. He was upbeat and got the audience involved. He was very good and entertaining. We learned a lot. Inside the museum were photos, displays of the area that helped to explain the history.... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From here you can see the volcanic crater though no lava can be seen. The land was grey and vast and barren, but definitely impressive for people who had never been to a volcano. The museum was right next to the outlook where you can see the crater. Only downside is that there was no air conditioning at the museum(and... More 

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Santa Clara, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, make sure you hang around till dusk (not a hard ask!) and visit the Jagger museum. The glow from the volcano will be clearly visible (unless it a foggy/cloudy/rainy evening) and you can learn tons about the volcano at the museum. We really enjoyed 'seeing' the volcano and learning about it... More 

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Draper, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The observation deck is nice to take panoramic pictures of the crater and watch the rising vapors. The Park rangers will be glad to answer any questions you have and point out and explain what you are seeing. But the hidden jewel is the museum, take the time to look at all the exhibits, (ok so I like geology) the... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

No entrance fee here but there is a gift shop.There are signs with graphics, pictures and text explaining about volcanoes. The rangers are helpful, informative and friendly. We visited Dec 16, 2015 and there were some beautiful pieces of artwork inside. One of my favorite exhibits involves jumping up and landing on the floor to move a digital seismograph needle.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Loved the view of the volcano. Great place to see glow at night, and stars! The museum had some interesting info and exhibits, but was very small and not quite as informative as I'd hoped. More for kids, I guess. Go for the view and take a quick peek in the museum. 10 minutes is all you'll need inside.

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