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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
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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A geological and historical museum.

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Good view of craters

The visitor's center was very informative, and there were rangers present to answer any questions. We were there in July and it was quite hot, so be sure to bring water.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
trekkrsal
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claremont, california
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claremont, california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The visitor's center was very informative, and there were rangers present to answer any questions. We were there in July and it was quite hot, so be sure to bring water.

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Milledgeville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While we were there, the Rangers did several classes just for children, however we learned a lot also.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Do all of your hiking and sightseeing to get to the museum about 6. Take in the creative and informative exhibits. Buy the 2016 video and gather for the show at sunset. The crater easily visible fom the museum glows orange as it spews columns of lava. I heard activity is high this year and our visit did not dissapoint.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Perfect place to see current eruption. Be sure to go during the day and then again after dark. Interesting museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were there while it was raining and so was everyone else. The displays were jammed with people so they were hard to enjoy. I gave up and sat on a bench until dusk when we got to see the lava glow (thru the rain). We were not able to make it back on another day. Large parking lot but... More 

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Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visit at night so you can see the glow of the crater. During the day is nice too, they have Park rangers and the museum is open. Inside the museum there are lava touch rocks and different instruments used to detect the volcanic eruption.

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cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The view from the Jagger Museum of an active volcano was, next to the Grand Canyon, the most amazing natural site I've ever seen. The museum itself was very interesting and informative.

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dayton ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to see the volcano 's red lava, this is the place. We arrived around 530pm to walk around museum, free. Then we hung around to see lava till 715. We didn't stay till dark because my family was cold! WEAR pants and jacket! I would show up around 600 to walk through museum then hang around for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our last stop in Volcano National Park and visited in the late afternoon. We wanted it to be late in the day so we could try and catch the glow from the lava flow. We were able to witness the lava flow flare up while we were there. At the museum overlooks, you can see the crater where... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are coming here for the view of the volcano. The museum is pretty small, and only takes about 30 minutes to go through. They have some nice exhibits though. I loved looking a Pele's hair up close.

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