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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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“red glow” (58 reviews)
“lava lake” (59 reviews)
“after dark” (59 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 yesterday

small museum and gives you a history of lava and descriptions of different lavas. the overlook is crowded but has good views of the crater. there is always experts there to help answer any questions about the site and volcanoes......very educational on volcanoes.....must stop if...More

Thank Hibby922
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

the ranger talk was informative. the museum has good information of the geology of vnp. at night u can see the volcano glowing ....

Thank Abu_hurayrah
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Jaggar museum, after your stop at the visitor center, is the unmissable place to go in the volcano park. A little museum well done historically and geologically, but here you could have the easiest access to your first view of the lava. You are...More

Thank gil40100
Reviewed 4 days ago

Amazing view of the volcano, go after 7pm. The glow of the volcano is fascinating and an unforgettable view.

Thank Victor L
Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter learned a lot about volcanoes and was sworn in by a ranger here to be a junior ranger and earned a very nice badge! great museum! Come before dark....very organized with parking!

Thank jil l
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Jaggar Museum to view the Halema'uma'u crater for a couple of evenings to see the bubbling lava, steam and smoke during the dark of night. Since this view is a good distance away binoculars are recommended as is a good telephoto...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has interesting exhibits about the history and geology of the area but the real attraction is outside the museum. There is a great view of the Kilauea caldera, a steaming, burbling sea of lava that attests to Hawaii's creation and continuing accretion. The...More

Thank GPBurdell67
Reviewed 1 week ago

The only reason to come here is to view the caldera at night and hopefully see some lava. We were fortunate enough to see some spurting lava at a great distance. If you really want to see lava, make the trip out to the end...More

Thank dmlin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting the big island of Hawaii our family went to Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park and visited the Jaggar Museum. There are a number of exhibits of how the volcano has been through the years.

Thank Nazsnaz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to see the Caldera twice. Once during the day and once at dusk until after sunset. I am glad that we did that. Going in the day gave us the perspective to appreciate what we were seeing at night. During the day, when...More

Thank Anne 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