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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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+1 808-985-6000
08:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30

A geological and historical museum.

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Close to the Volcano!

If you are fascinated by volcanoes, this is a great place to stop. View the current flow (especially at night) and spend time in the museum to learn more about the volcanic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are fascinated by volcanoes, this is a great place to stop. View the current flow (especially at night) and spend time in the museum to learn more about the volcanic history of Hawaii. The Park Rangers are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful so don't hesitate to ask them your questions.If possible, bring binoculars or a telescope to get even... More 

Thank alpha2graz
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed a couple nights in Volcano so we were a short 5 minute drive from Volcano National Park. During the day, we would hike around the park. We would wait until 10pm when most of the tourists have left Jaggar Museum area to view the lava at the crater (beside the Jaggar Museum). It was amazing to view the... More 

Thank northshore77
Waxhaw, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only does the Jaggar Museum have a number of exhibits that explain how volcanoes work, but you can take a walk outside to take great pictures (day and night) of the vent on the volcano floor belching smoke and debris. Yes, the vent is nice and bright at night affording good picture taking opportunities.

Thank NextHorizons
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After looking across at the steaming volcano and taking in the view, we needed a pit stop. This museum was so informative that my 8 year old took his time at every exhibit. The gift shop has a great variety of souvenirs too. We bought the deck of cards that had a variety of Hawaii's main attractions and animals. We... More 

Thank Rose38X
LaSalle, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stay at the Volcano House down the street and come here at night! Park Ranger was very informative!! She knew her stuff!!! Bring binoculars!! Our grown adult kids were very excited and was the highlight of their trip!

Thank Denise1236123
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to view the lavas, particularly at night. Very informative in showing the different varieties of lava and learn more about them. It does get pretty crowded during night as crowds will swarm over to view the magnificent lava. Highly recommended!

Thank Shoto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to go to learn all about volcanos. Has the best view or the caldera. Has a clean restroom.

Thank CarnationKila
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum at night for the lava viewing. The museum was clean and nice and had a great little gift shop.

Thank Tammy W
Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting Lava display showing the different types of Lava. A small museum that takes about 20 minutes to go through and stuffy the displays

Thank Jill T
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a great primer for introducing visitors to the park and to the whole world of volcanic activity. The rangers on duty as well as the volunteers are superb. Always willing to answer questions. They are obviously well-trained. Best of all is the ability to use the overlook of the Kilauea Crater 24/7. It was most impressive right... More 

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