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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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  • Excellent66%
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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A geological and historical museum.
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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
+1 808-985-6000
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed December 28, 2012

The western half of the chain of craters road was closed due to Kilauea being active again and there was not a possibility to get closer than the location of the museum. Still, going after dark was one of the most impressive views one could...More

6  Thank JDSoui
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 3, 2015

Is this the best museum ever? no, but it serves its purpose. The museum is small and can get crowded, but does a good job explaining the history and how volcanoes are formed and function. There is also a small gift shop within the museum....More

3  Thank lithlith
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After the volcano activity this summer 2018 the Jagger Museum has been permanently closed due to the unstable ground and damage. They hope to rebuild in a new location, but with the volcano activity stopping for the first time in decades there is no location...More

Thank RodneyB399
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We came by really hoping to be able to get up to Jaggar and see the new crater. The earthquakes tore up roads and damaged the building. Closed to all visitors. Some of the other roads are open. The visitor center is open. No lava...More

Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Jaggar was extensively damage during the May 2018 eruptions and subsequent earthquakes. The Crater Trail to Jaggar is closed; the road to Jaggar is closed with a blockade at the Kilauea Military Camp. It appears Jaggar may be beyond repair.

Thank Companion601812
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Park is OPEN. The Jagger museum has sustained substantial damage. It is currently closed. Probably not opening anytime soon but the park is still incredibly impressive. It's totally changed at the Summit. You must visit to really appreciate. History in the making!

Thank MaxHall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the 9th stop on our drive from Waikoloa to Kilauea caldera. This was the goal of our daytrip; to see the caldera at night. We arrived early so were lucky to get a great parking spot. Once the parking lot fills, you need...More

Thank nagiffag
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Seriously, it’s about to fall into Halemaumau. You can’t drive past sulphur banks or KMC. Some things on display at Visitor Center.

Thank kalamakid
Reviewed September 29, 2018

We came here last year, and in the evening. It was really cool to look at the lava glow. Bring jackets as it was pretty chilly in the evening, especially when the wind is strong. We went inside the museum when we got too cold,...More

Thank Legopod
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We visited this museum both during the day and night. I loved the daytime visit because of the stories the park rangers told to the many visitors and the telescopes set up for viewing. The night time view was awesome to see the red glow...More

Thank Starry R
Reviewed September 1, 2018

My wife and I stopped at the Thomas Jaggar Museum on a cruise ship excursion in April 2018 that included various things in the Volcanoes National Park. We were there a month before Kilauea erupted and sadly didn't see any volcanic activity at all, but...More

Thank Davidjellis
Reviewed August 27, 2018

With over 14,000 earthquakes a month, and Halema'uma'u crater now 4x larger than when I saw it last, the Jaggar Museum will be closed for some time due to so much damage. Very sad, but life on an active volcano!

Thank DineRight4
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Miranda M
April 6, 2018|
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Response from CarolKanani | Reviewed this property |
The viewing area is accessible at all hours. It nice to go back at night to see the glow from the lava.
October 26, 2016|
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Response from jeroenheijmans | Reviewed this property |
I second the above comments... mostly. When we were there Oct '16 it was safe around the museum with hardly even any smell at all. The part that was deemed unsafe (about 50% of the road around the crater) due to gases/fumes... More
June 3, 2016|
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Response from Still20 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I rented a car, so I am not sure about public transportation. The Museum is nestled in the national park.