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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
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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Very informative about geology of Valcano

Be sure to stay after dark to see the glow from the crater. It is the lava lake in the pit within Halema'uma'u Crater that the glow comes from.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
John T
Oregon Coast, Oregon
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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be sure to stay after dark to see the glow from the crater. It is the lava lake in the pit within Halema'uma'u Crater that the glow comes from.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great museum with lots of exhibits, explanation, sample of volcanic rocks. Local Hawaiian folklore about the volcanoes. Pele is the Goddess of Fire. Awesome museum, way better than Mauna Kea visitor centre!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed 2 nights at Kilauea Military Camp: which is located inside VNP. The Museum's viewing platform is open 24 hours a day. The Museum is open from 10AM - 8PM. There are rangers, who can answer questions and give advice on other areas of the park. In the daytime, you can see smoke gases plume from the crater. At... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Get a nice view of the cauldron from the museum. Park rangers very knowledgeable in helping plan your day especially if you will drive around the park looking at the old lava flows or hiking to the volcano or the lava tubes (also interesting and a nice cool place). Souvenirs aplenty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very awesome spot to view volcanic activity. Be sure to go after dark for the best view of the crater and glow of the lava. The museum is a good place to learn a little bit about volcanos and shelter from the weather. If you can catch a Ranger they're always happy to share and answer any questions you might... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Outside the museum you can see the crater of the Kilauea caldera. The museum has a great many items showing different types of volcanoes and equipment used to measure the shaking intensity. There are also a number of books for sale.

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Taylor, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The Jaggar museum was really very interesting as it has harder lava rocks and other samples from the volcano within it. Seismographs and other tools used by the USGS were on display. It was really educational and authentic. There were large murals and other artwork depicting the Hawaiian gods and goddesses. There's a gift shop there as well as a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good view of the crater, but the crowds were way more than expected. If possible, ignore the people and enjoy the volcano!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum had displays and explanations of volcanoes and the types of land formations that they cause. We went at sunset so that we could see into the caldera and the red lava flow that eclipsed the sunset. It is a massive sight to behold.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is worth a visit in the daylight. It is an excellent resource on volcanoes and does a great job of providing information in an easy to understand manner. It isn't a huge museum, but it's enough to get it's point across. During daylight hours, volunteers explain about the volcano, and have several pieces of Volcano area history to... More 

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