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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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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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The Jaggar Museum is located in Volcano National Park, Hawaii, Hawaii. It has a magnificent view of the active volcano and is open 24 hours a day for viewing. Normally the crater... read more

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Jaggar Museum is located in Volcano National Park, Hawaii, Hawaii. It has a magnificent view of the active volcano and is open 24 hours a day for viewing. Normally the crater and lava are only viewable during the hours of darkness unless the lava lake rises. We took great photos at 5 am just before sunrise and could see... More 

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Port Byron, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were very lucky and very excited to see Kilauea's summit erupt from the museum lookout area. This was our fourth time to the museum, but the first time that we saw the summit erupting. The museum is educational if you have the time to spend there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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.

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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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.

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Sydney, Australia
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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.

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Tampa, Florida
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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

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