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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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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Great little museum in HNVP, doesn't take much time but quite informative on the geology of Kilueaua and Hawaii more generally, and the lava flows and associated history of the area. The Park Rangers there could not have been friendlier and more helpful. Best of...More

Thank SafariKBFamily
Reviewed 2 January 2017

It was a once in a lifetime experience to go and see the lava spurting from the Jaggar Museum. Our guide from Kapohokine Adventures in Hilo knew the best time for us to go and see the volcano in action and also took us into...More

1  Thank Sarahceee
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Museum is very interesting with details of how volcanoes erupt and all geological details about it. It is the best vantage point to look at the crater. Museum closes at 8pm but the crater lookout is open 24 hours. You want to plan to visit...More

Thank Kalyan C
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Went to see the lava flow, but found out it was an 11 mile round trip hike, so we passed and just took a few photos of the area and then went up to the observation platform at the museum to see the glow from...More

Thank karansimoni
Reviewed 29 December 2016

My teenage son is losing his vision so we made sure to stop by a couple times. Where else in the world can you see an active volcano. The first evening it was pretty foggy and you couldn't see much but someone recommended we get...More

1  Thank NorthDakotaBound
Reviewed 26 December 2016

The museum offers a very vivid and easy to understand description of volcanic activity and the different types of Lava. The view into the crater is spectacular especially if Kilauea is active.

1  Thank gabongramma
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Loved this museum sitting on the edge of a volcano crater! Has interactive displays, historical information, and a great view! Highly recommend going after dark for the dramatic views inside the caldera!

Thank oldranger81
Reviewed 24 December 2016

We liked the exhibition in this museum. However, the real attraction is outside to watch the red glow from lava. You must come at night to see the red glow of lava.

1  Thank kuojoseph
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Our view of the caldera, which was full of molten, sloshing lava that was visible by day and night, was incredible. We loved it so much that we went back several times.

Thank emetlin
Reviewed 23 December 2016

The Jaggar Museum is part of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There is lots to do at this park, including the lava tube, steam vents, crater rim drive and hiking to see the Kīlauea caldera. The best of the park for me though was the...More

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Hi, I am planning to bring my 3 year old and 9 month old to the Jaggar Museum for the volcano lookout. How safe is the museum regarding the volcano gases? I was told that some of the areas in the Volcano National park is not safe for kids. Is it safe to bring my kids to Jaggar museum?
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
How do I get there using public transportation?
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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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