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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
Phone Number: +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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The best views are at night.

The museum was good but the best part was the lava lake views at night. The museum has a viewpoint of the Halemaumau Crater where the lava lake is on the surface as of November... read more

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Karthik M
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum was good but the best part was the lava lake views at night. The museum has a viewpoint of the Halemaumau Crater where the lava lake is on the surface as of November 2016. The views at night are spectacular. This place is a little windy but worth the wait. We stayed closed to the Hawaii volcano national... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were fortunate that the lava level was high and very visible both day and night. There is a free telescope to view the lava, but I would recommend bringing your own binoculars. For safety reasons the museum is about 1.2 miles from the crater; so you are not up close like some of glossy travel pictures will lead you... More 

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited here a number of times over the few days we stated at Volcano House. It is very well set out and very interesting and offers the best view of the crater and the lava which was very active while we were there. We went during the day and at night and both times offer something different when viewing... More 

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

busy place to view the crater but it was worth it! great views of the crater and just to see this whole area is worth the tourists bustling all around

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the last 3 decades, Kilauea, which means much spreading, has spewed out enough lava to pave a 2 lane highway, 50 times round the world, and this is the place to see it, especially on a clearish night. The museum is well laid out, informative, has a good shop, and has a panoramic view of the crater. A coffe... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you visit Volcano National Park you have to stop in. Great background to help you out the cater sights you will see into perspective. A typical gift shop and various display boards help provide a volcano narrative for your trip. Fun for the whole family.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must to be visited. Go after getting dark to enjoy the volcano fire and stars and at day to visit the museum itself and close look to cratera. Just perfect.

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Other than the 8 mile round trip to the lava flow, this is the place to hopefully see active lava. We were blessed and on the day of our visit two holes with bubbling lava were visible from the lookout. I could have stared at them for hours - it was a true bucket list experience. By the time we... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting Volcano National Park, the Jaggar Museum is a must. Especially at night - the view of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater is spectacular. At night it comes alive. The dancing lava in the lava lake will keep you mesmerized. In additions after you get homes look at your pictures for the face of Pele in the rising plumes of smoke.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan for a full day especially if you have to drive from the Kona side of the island. The Volcano house and visitors center will provide a good overview to the park. Including a video presentation on the history of the islands, can be lengthy though. First the Kilauea observation deck at the Jagger Museum. Awesome views of the lava... More 

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