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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
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08:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30
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A geological and historical museum.

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Neat and interesting museum

We went there mainly to see the lava glowing on the Kilauea's current active crater but were very impressed on the museums itself. Lots of cool information about volcanoes and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went there mainly to see the lava glowing on the Kilauea's current active crater but were very impressed on the museums itself. Lots of cool information about volcanoes and interesting displays of rocks, not to be missed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit. We went during the day and returned after dark. The volcano was sending up smoke and lit up the sky after dark.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best place to view active lava in the Park! This was our third visit to the Park and the first time we actually saw erupting lava. We could even hear it bubbling! Best if you can stay at the Park (either Kilauea Military Camp or Volcano House) and get there early to avoid the crowds from Hilo and Kona. Staff... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Informative. Busy. Would recommend but not essential to the trip. Staff was great. View was fabulous.

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Munster, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum is a nice museum with educational and informational exhibits as well as a gift shop. It is open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. The view of the volcano from the patio outside is amazing (open all hours). We went each of our 3 days in Volcano and it was different each day. The first... More 

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thomas A. Jaggar Museum has many display of equipments used by scientists to study volcanoes, it also shows how green sand beach is formed, best routes to see lava flow (Drive to the end of Hwy.130) and a gift shop. It is next to Crate Rim Drive. Bring you telescope, outside of the museum, it is Kilauea overlook where you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum itself is simple, but has a few things to study. The real reason to visit is the view of the caldera outside!!! The first time we visited there was steam coming from it. The second time, the level of the lava had risen & we could actually see it bubbling & spurting! Incredible! Our kids did the Jr.... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were fortunate to visit on a cloudy day - it makes the red caldera much more visible! The Park Ranger told us that the night before the lava had raised up so that it was visible and even the steam had a reddish hue! Go at night if at all possible, for the best light show!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here as part of a bus tour from our Pride of America inter-island cruise. The museum is pretty informative and worth a walk-through even if you aren't a sign-studier (like some in our group). It's got a thing that measures seismic activity and the kids had fun jumping to make it register the ground movement. We were amazed... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfectly placed at a view point over the Kilauea Crater. The museum is small with friendly staff and the late opening hours enabled our cold children to get some warmth while the adults were oooing and ahhhing over the bubbling cauldron.

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