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We visited this museum both during the day and night. I loved the daytime visit because of the stories the park rangers told to the many visitors and the telescopes set up for viewing. The night time view was awesome to see the red glow...More
My wife and I stopped at the Thomas Jaggar Museum on a cruise ship excursion in April 2018 that included various things in the Volcanoes National Park. We were there a month before Kilauea erupted and sadly didn't see any volcanic activity at all, but...More
With over 14,000 earthquakes a month, and Halema'uma'u crater now 4x larger than when I saw it last, the Jaggar Museum will be closed for some time due to so much damage. Very sad, but life on an active volcano!
Maps, Dioramas, lava types to touch plus the view of the Kilauea crater.
There is a gift shop also.
Some days they have to close because of the current eruption and the threat of gases and explosive debris.
Free entry except for fees to get...More
The museum has lots of great information not only about Kilauea and Hawaii, but volcanology, lava, geology and seismicity in general. It is worth spending some time here before venturing out into the park as the scenery then becomes more that just scenery. You also...More
Had an interesting time learning about and seeing active volcanoes. To feel the heat,,,see the steam and yuck that smell ….lol Also saw lava fields...was cool to see vegetation coming alive from the solid rock formations.
Named after Dr.Thomas Augustus Jaggar (1871-1953) who travelled to Hawai'i in 1909 to find out information on volcanic and seismic studies.
He was supported financially by businessman Lorrin A. Thurston to construct the Hawai'i Volcano Observatory, in which he was director until 1940. The present...More
We expected to see more but under circumstances we saw what we could. We stopped by day before it closed due to eruption. Tour guides at visitor center were very informative but nothing to see outside.
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
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 was closed by authorities.
However, I said "mostly", because (a) we're not the experts and (b) conditions change sometimes even daily. Although officials might tend to stay a overly on the safe side, it's still wise to at least check their advice right before your trip.
- (TripAdvisor doesn't allow for direct links in answers, so you'll have to use this info to get to the right site yourself) google for "nps dot gov safety volcanic fumes"
There's a section about "SAFETY", fumes, etc. in there. It also links to this:
- (again, no links on TripAdvisor allowed) google for "hawaiiso2network current air quality"
Again, around the museum seemed okay short while ago (plenty of very small children, and no worried rangers telling people to be concerned), but stay up to date and make a conscious decision yourself.
By the way: it's an awesome sight!! Enjoy.