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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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“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 weeks ago

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

Thank Steve51766
Reviewed 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I give this location a 5 star rating,not necessarily for the quality of the museum exhibits but for the after dark volcano show.If you're in the area you must come back to the Jagger after dark to see the spectacular lava show from the Kilauea...More

Thank Dave A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We browsed the gift shop and exhibits but take time to listen in on a ranger led talk. Come back at night to see the red glow from the crater. If you come when the night sky is clear, there is a great view of...More

Thank onmytrip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has some interesting information but it's the view of the steaming and simmering volcano that can't be beat. The only view in my opinion that is remotely similar is Yellowstone.

1  Thank AAHolt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read the biography of Thomas A. Jaggar (you can also purchase it at the Jaggar Museum) and had to see this. Displays are both scientific and describing Hawaiian legends. Be sure to read 'The Last Volcano'. It is fascinating.

Thank Brita B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You should visit the museum for information during the day, but don't miss the glow of the lava from the museum lookout at night!

Thank Colleen J
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26 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