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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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A geological and historical museum.

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Interesting by day, awesome at night!

We have been visiting the park since 2004 when you could drive all the way around the Kilauea caldera....never have we seen the lava lake as high as we did a few weeks ago! You... read more

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been visiting the park since 2004 when you could drive all the way around the Kilauea caldera....never have we seen the lava lake as high as we did a few weeks ago! You can consistently see the orange lava glow on the smoke plume once the sun sets, however at this point you can actually see gushing, splashing... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The lava lake was beautiful at night. For best viewing bring binoculars and come after 9 PM or before sunrise. During the Christmas holiday, people were circling for parking for over an hour during busy times.

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Mammoth Lakes, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely the best place to view the volcano eruption. Go at night & bring a jacket! I am supposed to say more but there is nothing more to say

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is a good place to start. You will gain an understanding of all the activity that is currently taking place beneath your feet. The museum has many artifacts and offers a viewing porch. Good place to sit back and enjoy nature at it's "wildest".

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West Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must see at night. Watching the lava lake boil at night and on a clear night the stars are spectular! When we were there rock fell into the lava lake and created an explosion that was amazing to watch! Mother Nature at work.....just beautiful! Night is the best time to go but bring a jacket. It can... More 

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Austin, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is paradise where one can go from a rainforest to see Kilauea Volcano. One sees steam coming out of the earth and beautiful landscapes.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of interactive displays for both children and adults who want to learn more about volcanoes, earthquakes, lava rocks, etc. There is also a small gift shop in the museum.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good little museum with solid exhibits. Native Hawaiian perspective is represented, but a bit more would be nice. Great evening show of glowing lava in the caldera when we were there--

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommend going there in the daytime, listening to a ranger interpretation of volcano lore and touring the museum. Then returning after sunset when it's very dark to focus on the awesome glow from the crater.

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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to visit and learn about volcanoes, lava ,and Hawaiian history. Many park rangers available at this site to assist visitors and answer questions. A perfect place for viewing Kilauea.

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