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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
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

A geological and historical museum.

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Very educational and awesome

This was a great place to learn about how volcanoes work and to actually see one in action, amazing. It is neat to go after dark as well to see the lava glowing.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lynn M
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great place to learn about how volcanoes work and to actually see one in action, amazing. It is neat to go after dark as well to see the lava glowing.

Thank Lynn M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum was informative, but the natural beauty of the place is astounding! It took us 4 days to return at night, but when we did we were even more amazed. Truly heaven on earth, even with all the fire and brimstone.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited the observation deck by the museum twice in one day -- once in the afternoon, when we saw some flows beginning to be visible and then again that evening. Even though our view of the caldera was totally fogged in during dinner at the Volcano House, when we returned at 8:00 that night, we had a crystal clear... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are visiting the park you must stop at the museum and learn what you can before you do the chain of craters drive. There are park rangers on hand to answer questions and they have a telescope set on the bubbling lava you can see from the museum. That was pretty exciting to see with the naked eye... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to view the crater within the caldera. Nice displays, but what really tops the visit are the ranger talks. They present the perfect mix of hard science with captivating wit. Make sure to come back about sundown for a fantastically beautiful sunset. As darkness falls, the glow of the lava in the crater becomes more visible.

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Wodonga, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum contains all the information you need on the vocano. There are video's, static displays and the best photography of the volcano you'll see. Step out the door and you're looking at the real thing.

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring a sharp mind. Maybe caffeinated with Real Kona Coffee and check out the most interesting origin of this Bigg Huge Island in the middle of a huge deep sea. Truly fascinating. Rather informative. Worth a few clicks of the clock!

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are at Volcano NP this is a must see stop less than a mile from the visitor center. Check with a ranger at the visitor center if there is any activity going on. We saw lava boiling up because the level had risen to 45 feet. We came back that night and the show was fabulous. Two days... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is okayish: better, more entertaining than most museums, but small and still a bit boring. The view however: wow! Though it's both overwhelming (so cool to see the lava lake!), and underwhelming (it's a small blip in the distance). Bring binoculars if you can, otherwise it's worth it to stand in line 10 mins for the mounted binoculars.... More 

Thank Jeroen-TA
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Much to learn by exploring this museum. Lots of history regarding the volcano and the area in general.

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