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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%
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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 yesterday

It's a great vantage point to the caldera and the museum has hundreds of factoids, videos and historical elements surrounding the active volcanoes in Hawaii. Fascinating place and we learn plenty each time we visit.

Thank Martin C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent viewing site of the steam and glow from the crater. the rangers are very helpful. The museum is small but introduces the pertinent information.

Thank dziran
Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum/visitor's centre has lots of interesting info about volcanoes and the part they play in Hawaiian culture. But, the main event is the stunning view of Kilauea volcano and the smoking, glowing crater. The daytime views are fascinating as you can see the incredible...More

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a relatively small museum outside the Kilauea volcano. The have some interesting exhibits on the volcanoes in general and Kilauea in particular. You can see graphs on the history of volcanoes on the island and Kilauea in particular. If you don't want to...More

Thank Lance2002
Reviewed 1 week ago

New Year's holiday was a zoo of people to see the volcano. National Park understaffed and under informative of schedules to meet the crowds. Doing their best. To see the lava come at dusk, and plan to hang out to watch for the transformation to...More

Thank SaraF742
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jaggar Museum is located at the end of the Crater Rim Drive with a view over Kilauea.It is very informative about volcanoes and ha\s a daily report o Kilauea's status, a seismic instrument, a thermocouple which measures temperature and lots of photos of the volcano...More

Thank Ralphandralph
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in here for a flying visit. Quite a modestly sized museum with a little shop and a nice mix of displays exploring the geographical, cultural and spiritual aspects of the Vocanoes National Park. A nice little museum but if you’re after the ‘wow factor’...More

Thank HazelOnHoliday
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is a great place to see the volcano from. Nice viewing area at night. one downside is there are large crowds which makes getting a spot harder so I recommend arriving before dark to claim a spot.

Thank Jedediah S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did it during our visit to the National Park and we spent about 1 hour in the museum because it has many information about lava and volcanoes which the kids found interesting.

Thank JuanFernandez
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is well done with a small gift shop, but come here to see the view of the crater. We couldn’t see the lava lake specifically though because the level wasn’t high enough, but it’s the best view possible. If the weather is clear,...More

1  Thank PasssionateTraveler
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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