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Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

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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“after dark” (64 reviews)
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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
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+1 808-985-6000
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"red glow"
in 63 reviews
"after dark"
in 64 reviews
"great place to view"
in 22 reviews
"kilauea caldera"
in 41 reviews
"visit at night"
in 17 reviews
"bring binoculars"
in 19 reviews
"volcanic activity"
in 48 reviews
"national park"
in 90 reviews
"active volcano"
in 68 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 17 reviews
"observation deck"
in 18 reviews
"steam coming"
in 18 reviews
"gift shop"
in 65 reviews
"ranger talk"
in 16 reviews
"lava cake"
in 62 reviews
"viewing area"
in 34 reviews
"steam vents"
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Reviewed yesterday

From the patio outside this excellent little museum you get as close as possible to the Hilauea crater. I've been to the crater three times on three different trips, but always earlier in the day. Which, on a clear day, means you see some steam....More

Thank UnrepentantFoodie
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It gets a bit crowded and is hard to see all of the exhibits but worth the stop. A good view spot for the current Kilauea eruption.

Thank ruthtwg
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Reviewed 3 days ago

During the day Kilauea volcano puts out a constant cloud of steam but at night from the viewpoint at the Jaggar Museum the volcano glows red and orange and clouds of smoke form a constantly changing scene. Plan to arrive an hour or more after...More

Thank Ruth T
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's best to visit right after sunset so you can see the lava glowing in the crater. It's still great in the day, too, as you have nice views of the steam. There are bathrooms and a small gift shop with nice souvenirs, and a...More

Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Jaggar Museum provides the information you should have to help understand the fascinating dynamics of volcanoes. As is typical with all National Park Service sites, the exhibits are both creative and informative which enhances the experience of visiting Volcano National Park. In addition, the...More

Thank Wendy B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best place to see the summit eruption. Best seen after dark. Still, clouds can blot out the view as nothing is guaranteed. The parking lot fills fast, we arrived well before sunset. The museum and gift shop are well worth the visit...More

Thank Hal72
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the park with friends in November. Drove to the Jagger Museum (road is closed past there due to toxic gases). This is the smaller older cousin to the bigger and recently renovated-(2005) Kilauea Visitor Center. This one also has the overlook, that will often...More

Thank maitaimike2015
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the Jagger Museum you can get a great overview over the Kīlauea crater - in my opinion it’s worth a visit both at daytime and at nighttime - although we didn’t see any lava. There’s also a less crowded viewing spot if you follow...More

Thank Roman_Austria
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is awesome! Filled with scientific info about the volcano you just viewed from the observation deck. The day we visited, visibility went from poor to none, so the vidoes of what can be seen on a nice day were invaluable. The art depicting...More

Thank BoilerMakerBob
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good museum with a good presentation of both the science of vulcanology and the history of eruptions on the volcano. A great spot to view the caldera as well as the active lava pool (which you cannot QUITE see because the lava level isn't...More

Thank Canadian_Stefan
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VenkyTraveller
26 October 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
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TommyW0mmy
3 June 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.
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Diana J
24 June 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
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