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Thomas A. Jaggar 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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A geological and historical museum.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

The museum itself had some nice exhibits and a good gift shop. What we liked best about Jaggar Museum was the overlook outside. From this overlook, we saw the on-going gas eruption of Halema'uma'u crater. Very nice.

Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent about an hour here. The lookout is the closest vantage point to the crater. It is really awesome. The museum is really well done and very interesting. Make sure you stop back at night and see the crater glowing.

Thank Jody R
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum itself has a fantastic set of displays describing everything you might want to know about volcanoes and the history of the Hawaiian volcanoes. However absolutely make the effort to come back to the museum after hours at night. Since the Big Island has...More

Thank SpaceMom1
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I love to see what is new with the Volcano. It was raining while we were there this trip. A lot of tour buses, so a bit more crowed than I like. This is a must see. We will be back.

Thank Chetbauerle
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History and Cultural Exhibits will add to your visit in the park. For example, I would not have known about and recognized "Pele's Hair" during our hike across the crater Of course, the night viewing of the crater is a "Must Do". The colors of...More

Thank Anita H
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived a full rainbow was visible from the crater over the museum providing a beautiful scene. We toured the Museum with is interesting for the history and workings of the volcanoes but the amazing thing was the Night Glow from the caldera then...More

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 1 week ago

From this location you can view fresh lava spattering up and down in the distance. Visible with the human eye, but they have placed a viewing telescope there on the outside so you can see it more clearly. The inside of the museum tell the...More

1  Thank Wilma B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good, although distant viewing point for the caldera with panoramic views. Lava will only be visible if there is activity in the caldera when it is thrown into the air. The viewing point does not provide a direct view into the lava...More

Thank besvenan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rangers were very informative and the views of the 625 +++ miles of the volcano, steam vents, crater and surrounding lava field was thrilling to behold.

Thank 50thCelebrators
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time we visit the island we have to visit. We have been there when the lava lake is very active and other times when it isn't. Viewing is good day or night, but probably best at night. Regardless, visitors can learn about the different...More

Thank Judy M
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October 26, 2016|
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Response from Jeroen-TA | 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.
Diana J
June 24, 2015|
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Response from Ozyleo | Reviewed this property |
I am in a similar position to others, the museum is basically a large area with a number of static displays dealing with the volcano & the volcanic development of the Hawaiian Islands. I doubt that the displays change. If... More