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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
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+1 808-985-6000
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30
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A geological and historical museum.

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Jagger Museum

This is a main stop in Volcano National Park. You actually see the lava in the crater. One of the days the lava was bubbling and it was great to see. Binoculars can be helpful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Auburn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a main stop in Volcano National Park. You actually see the lava in the crater. One of the days the lava was bubbling and it was great to see. Binoculars can be helpful but the park has free viewing. It is a hit or miss kind of viewing, some days are beautiful and other can be cloudy.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only about two miles in from the entrance this is the place to go for viewing. Nice little gift shop. The park Rangers were very helpful in answering any questions. Two free viewing telescopes, plus the Rangers had spotting scopes available as well. Highly recommend visiting at night to really see Pele' in all her glory and awesomeness.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everything and more you would like to learn about the volcano's. Great spot for the kids with hands on learning.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Jagger museum in the noon. Watched the crater emitting gas/smoke. Museum was informative. We also visited the same place in the night after our lava boat tours - as advised by the person in the Lava ocean tours. It was mesmerizing to view the stars and the glow of the crater due to lava. It was great... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an excellent spot to view the kiluea caldron. The clothing of the scientist that fell through the lava crust is also interesting. He lived!

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're not up to a hike, this is a "one stop" opportunity that is not to be missed. You'll be treated to a good view of the caldera and steam rising from multiple fissures. While we were not there at night to possibly view the glow from hot lava, you do get reasonably close and the museum does a... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After the visitors center, drive right to the Museum. It has a crater floor view of an old eruption which may show some hot spots and/or steams rising from several spots. They have a few volunteer rangers who are available to explain what you are seeing and know the answers to your other questions about the volcano and area. There... More 

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Merrill, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped at Volcano National Park during the day and decided to return in the evening for the view. It was raining and fog, so we could see the lava glow but not much else. We returned a few nights later when the weather was clear. What we saw was AWESOME! The Park Ranger explained that the lava was 43... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

anyone needing information about Hawaii's volcanoes can find everything they need here. then go out on the observation deck to get a view of Kilauea; might have to wait but eventually we saw lava eruptions. awesome.

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Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped on our tour of Volcano National Park and saw just smoke coming from the crater. We stopped again on our way back to Hilo in the evening. The viewing area is open 24 hours so we saw the red glow of lava after dark. The sky was so clear you could see so many stars without the light... More 

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