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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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A geological and historical museum.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“red glow” (60 reviews)
“lava lake” (60 reviews)
“after dark” (62 reviews)
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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 days ago via mobile

We didn’t know what to expect. It is a well laid out and informative display, but the highlight was the rangers talk and info session. I don’t usually like those things, but this was an exception. Great presentation and was very interactive with all the...More

Thank Dbwitty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great nighttime view of the Volcano and the Milky Way!!! Do not miss a visit here if you are in Volcano

Thank PatFolc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Th s is the easiest way to get close to the volcano and see the glow at night. We went after sunset and they were still open. It was a treat for the kids and for us.

Thank rataturium
Reviewed 1 week ago

In Volcano National Park, one of the few active volcano within easy travel. Informative museum staffed by friendly National Park Service personnel. Easily accessible with walkways for different views of the caldera. Most impressive at night when the glow of the active lava lake illuminates...More

Thank Patrick K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum and amazing views. Go there after dark and watch weather stations cams before u go. It was cloudy/foggy when we arrived but to our biggest surprise it stated clearing the in no time. Get a lot of pictures.pls dont be a irresponsible and...More

1  Thank Kris K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views. View into crater with volcano view astounding, especially after dark. Great educational displays. Super friendly and helpful staff.

Thank Steve51766
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is cool to see in the daytime, but at night it's a must see to see the lava leaping out of the cauldera. I brought my gopro 5 in but found my cell phone took really good nighttime shots if the lava as...More

Thank SpencerTouchie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum was very much worth the visit. It was small and had interesting historical and scientific information provided. The best part was the view of the volcano from the deck outside the museum.

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum itself was nice however over packed with bus loads of people. You can get a decent history lesson about the crater and eruptions if you aren't pushed out of the way by others.

Thank Don D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has nice exhibits and we learned a lot about volcanoes from our guide and the park rangers. The view of the crater, however, is awesome! This is a must do while in Hilo!

Thank cattailcruiser
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27 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
4 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.
Diana J
24 June 2015|
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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