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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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“red glow” (58 reviews)
“lava lake” (57 reviews)
“after dark” (59 reviews)
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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

Jagger is often crowded but worth the visit when the lava fountains can be seen in Halemaumau. Early morning is a good time to visit as fewer people. Follow the height of the lava lake on the internet and when 75 or so feet from...More

Thank ronaldknopf
Reviewed 3 days ago

You'll want to come here for evening viewing of the crater's glow. The viewing area will be crowded, so be prepared. It will be chilly and windy. The museum itself is small but interesting. You'll be able to touch different types of lava, see Pele's...More

Thank CaliGirl510
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful viewing of Hawaii Volcano after Sunset! Be sure to dress warm or bring blankets for it gets chilly after sunset!

Thank MonicaRad
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, although small, is very nice and informative, but you don't really go there to visit it. The landscape, with the crater everyone tries to take a selfie with, is impressive and worth seeing. Unfortunately it's a bit too crowded.

Thank Vladimir1998
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum is perched over the active caldera of Kilauea volcano. This is the best spot to see the glow of the lava as it bubbles up from the magma below. The glow is more visible after dusk.

Thank gomk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only were the presentation clear and interesting but the surrounding area of of volcanic action is mesmerizing.

Thank AFallenMathematician
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once one decides to check out Volcanos National Park, and you should, as you visit the world's most active volcano, the Jaggar Museum is a must stop. The museum is not very large, but is full of everything you will want to know about the...More

Thank Stan_from_San_Jose
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum shows how a volcano works and the history of the goddesses. There is a telescope where you can look at the lava. There is also a really cool gift shop. Come and learn and have fun.

Thank Michelle R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was a stop on our ship excursion. We hiked the crater and stopped here to view the active volcano. The museum, although small, is informative.

Thank Okiejer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum next to the crater rim. Filled with both geological and historical information as well as some pieces of art. Great store, we needed to buy jackets. So the elevation in high and gets chilly. The rangers are present and helpful, the building is...More

Thank tiredandtravelled
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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