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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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08:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30
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A geological and historical museum.

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Museum and lava viewing

Very good little museum with solid exhibits. Native Hawaiian perspective is represented, but a bit more would be nice. Great evening show of glowing lava in the caldera when we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good little museum with solid exhibits. Native Hawaiian perspective is represented, but a bit more would be nice. Great evening show of glowing lava in the caldera when we were there--

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommend going there in the daytime, listening to a ranger interpretation of volcano lore and touring the museum. Then returning after sunset when it's very dark to focus on the awesome glow from the crater.

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to visit and learn about volcanoes, lava ,and Hawaiian history. Many park rangers available at this site to assist visitors and answer questions. A perfect place for viewing Kilauea.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Come for the crater view and interaction with the very informative rangers. The museum itself is okay at best. In fairness it competes with one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet. This is a must stop site purely for the crater view. Night time view is incredible so plan accordingly. I suggest a day time visit followed by... More 

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Wailuku, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The displays are nice, but could be so much better. For example, the "live" seismograph only showed the previous 24 hours. We went back again on Saturday night, and there was one ranger trying to answer questions for 200 people. The gift shop is okay. And we're all really there to see the show, aren't we?

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is not so much the reason to stop here. It's the view of the active volcanic crater. There is an amazing view of the full crater and the actively erupting part. If you're lucky, you can see lava in the crater. We didn't get to see anything but steam venting, but it was still awesome. The museum is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went there mainly to see the lava glowing on the Kilauea's current active crater but were very impressed on the museums itself. Lots of cool information about volcanoes and interesting displays of rocks, not to be missed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit. We went during the day and returned after dark. The volcano was sending up smoke and lit up the sky after dark.

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The museum is a standard state park museum offering the story of the area and volcanos in general and a gift shop. The real attraction is the view of the Lava glow after nightfall.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Best place to view active lava in the Park! This was our third visit to the Park and the first time we actually saw erupting lava. We could even hear it bubbling! Best if you can stay at the Park (either Kilauea Military Camp or Volcano House) and get there early to avoid the crowds from Hilo and Kona. Staff... More 

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