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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 3 days ago

Its not a visitor's center. It is so much more that =<8th grade with lots of science and lots of in depth explanations. Even better you can see the crater and the caldera from the deck and if you're lucky you will see lava shooting...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 6 days ago

it is a must to see and to experience if you are in volcano national park, there are guided tours with the park rangers and you can tell they love what they do, very informative, impressive pictures of previous events and at night you can...More

Thank Claudio G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While it's very busy, swarming with tourists. It's a must see while in town. At night you can really see the glow from the lava below! Get there as the sun is going down to fully watch the transformation of the orange glow. Very relaxing...More

Thank Briana B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great attraction in the Volcanos National Park. History, pictures, and staff to answer questions. From the museum’s overlook, you have the best view of Kilauea and its former caldera and the present crater within it that is emitting steam.

Thank r0bcentpa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right next to the volcano crater rim overlooking this cool site, is a small visitor center and this museum. Very interesting and informative of the history about the volcano. Gift shop and bathroom nearby.

Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this museum. It does a great job of telling a bit of the history of volcanology, and has a lot of up-to-the-minute info on the on-going eruption on Kilauea. Don't just stop and look at Halemaumau, do a turn thru the museum too,...More

Thank CyFiGal
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's interesting reading about the history of this volcano as well as learning about the different things about volcanoes. But of course the main attraction here is the view. Note: you have to see the glow at night.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Managed to get to the museum just at sunset and could view the glowing crater. The information and presentation is informative and interesting

Thank oramarcel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very fun museum lots of interactive exhibits for children and adults. Excellent history of the local volcanoes and a view of the currently active. Stayed to watch the caldera glow after sunset a must see.

Thank Jimia C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We first stopped at this museum in the daytime. Lots of good information inside the building of the areas within Volcano National Park. One of the attendants suggested we come back again after dark to view the orange glow in the sky of the active...More

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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