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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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Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to learn about volcanoes. Also right next to the caldera where we got great shots of inflated lava.

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 3 days ago

We got up to the Jaggar museum during a period of sunny weather and several areas of volcanic activity neither one can be counted on so we got some good photos. Night views are the best but you really need to spend an evening in...More

1  Thank Mike W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great way to learn about volcanoes and the national park. Very well run and easy to navigate. Park Rangers and volunteers were well informed and helpful. Take the time to drive around the park for a few hours. Definitely helps to have a convertible.

Thank repbrock
Reviewed 3 days ago

Most folks stop in the museum when the visit Volcano National Park, since the vista from the museum's caldera overlook provides one of the best views of the active crater. My suggestion is that you take in the views, get your obligatory pictures of the...More

Thank Richard J
Reviewed 4 days ago

I simply love coming to the Big Island, you never know what you will get when you visit this time around we saw the lava bubbling up pretty good just a tad bit rainiiny but it made a great show.

Thank Jocelyn R
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was spectacular to watch boiling and splashing orange-red lava with naked eyes. Though it was cloudy that day and a lots of rain in the morning and noon but we went there in evening and view was so clear that time. we reached there...More

Thank Kriti_TheTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is no more than interesting. Actually, you can go into there for some warm if it is too cold outside while you are viewing the Kilauea.

Thank 68ClaudioMo
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going to be looking at the volcano caldera anyway, you should stop into the museum. Admission is free and there are details about how the volcano changes and what has happened with it in the past.

Thank Amber5176
Reviewed 1 week ago

Knowing little to nothing about lava and volcanoes other than what I learned in earth science in High School, this was a very informative stop! I also got some great pictures of lava spews!! Have a camera with a good zoom, though!!

Thank Holly T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum but informative about volcanos. There are samples of different kinds of lava. There are displays about detecting volcanic activity. There is also an interesting painting here near the exit -- if you see this large painting on the wall of...More

Thank 2doglady
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Hi, I am planning to bring my 3 year old and 9 month old to the Jaggar Museum for the volcano lookout. How safe is the museum regarding the volcano gases? I was told that some of the areas in the Volcano National park is not safe for kids. Is it safe to bring my kids to Jaggar museum?
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
How do I get there using public transportation?
3 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.
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How many rooms have been updated?
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