We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
Phone Number:
+1 808-985-6000
Website
Today
08:30 - 19:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30
Description:

A geological and historical museum.

Book In Advance
More Info
US$99.00*
and up
Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo
More Info
US$186.46*
and up
Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black...
More Info
US$103.12*
and up
Lava Glow Volcano Express: Highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,387 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 792
    Excellent
  • 350
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Timing is everything

My wife and I visited on Monday March 20th. As we walked up to the lookout point a guide for a group of tourists came walking up and was speaking excitedly. Once he switched to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
longlocks65
,
Reno
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,387 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,195: English reviews
Reno
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited on Monday March 20th. As we walked up to the lookout point a guide for a group of tourists came walking up and was speaking excitedly. Once he switched to English, we heard him say that for days the crater had just had smoke in it. Not this day. A great pool of magma was... More 

Helpful?
Thank longlocks65
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's definitely nice to see the crater, but I would just recommend saving that money and putting it towards the boat trip or the guided hike. Those two will blow the museum out of the water.

Helpful?
Thank travelandstuff
Loveland, Colorado
Level Contributor
268 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place from which to view Hale Ma'uma'u Volcano Crater, which is basically the caldera of Kilauea. Inside the museum you will see many interesting exhibits about lava, how volcanoes form, and how they are studied.

Helpful?
Thank Ken S
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
415 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in here on a tour and really enjoyed it. Lots of parking available if you do it on your own. There's a small museum which shows the history of the lava flows in the area and a great viewing spot for lava spitting out of the crater.

Helpful?
Thank Ryan G
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great museum!! Along with the rest of humanity, we got there about an hour before sunset. We toured the museum, though it was quite congested, then waited for dusk when the lava glow within the crater appeared. It was an absolute mob scene by dusk, however, so be prepared for that. Still worth it, though!

Helpful?
Thank WeathermanTom
Grants Pass, Oregon
Level Contributor
276 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While the volcano was somewhat calm when we were there the nighttime view was interesting with the red glow. Make sure that you dress warm as the elevation willl drop the temperature ten to twenty or more degrees with the wind.

Helpful?
Thank 4cents-worth
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
202 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is located overlooking the Halema’uma’u crater and the view is spectacular. The museum itself provides plenty of information about volcanoes, from the legends of Madame Pele to the science behind volcanic eruptions. It also provides information and images of the history of the site and past eruptions. Entry is free too, which is a bonus.

Helpful?
Thank Emma W
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a breathtaking experience to see an active volcano. We went to the museum at night to view and all I can say is stunning. It was not crowed and you could actually hear the lava splashing and see the ring of fire. Worth seeing

Helpful?
Thank Kilauea2017
hawaii
Level Contributor
39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The view is best at dusk but you can sometimes still see lava splashing in the daytime if the lava lake is high enough. Also later at night when the crowds leave, you can not only enjoy the glow but so many bright stars overhead. The park is open 24 hours I believe and I think the museum lookout is... More 

Helpful?
Thank she-muff
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
2,719 reviews
533 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At the Thomas A Jaggar Museum you will learn more about volcanoes than you ever knew before. The Thomas A Jaggar Museum is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There are restrooms and there is a gift shop. It can get quite busy with tourists and when we were there, I can't understand how some of the tourists don't fall... More 

Helpful?
Thank Allen21096

Travellers who viewed Thomas A. Jaggar Museum also viewed

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Thomas A. Jaggar Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Thomas A. Jaggar Museum and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Thomas A. Jaggar Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?