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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” (57 reviews)
“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 days ago via mobile

This museum has a lot of info in it about the volcano and there is also a gift shop as well. It is located off to the side of the crater. Great fir taking pics. There is so much you can learn and it's great...More

Thank csabol
Reviewed 3 days ago

I went early in the morning before the crowds arrived and again in the evening to see the lava light up the caldera. Nature at it's finest!!!

Thank jne7299318
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the rim of Kilaeua Crater is the Jagger Museum. Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm, the museum has knowledgeable Rangers, informative exhibits on Hawaiian legends, native flora and fauna and the history of Kilaeua with displays of lava varieties. The outside...More

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great views of the volcano. Kailua was just starting to get more active when we were there but the latest posts I've seen looks even better. Don't miss it if you are on BI! And be sure to go after dark!

Thank MammaLax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not only got to see an eruption at a distance, but got to learn all the science behind it. Knowledgeable rangers, clean restrooms and awesome views made this a must-see attraction!

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see the lava flows from a safe distance. Well kept museum and excellent views of the steaming magma. Bring binoculars if you have them. The lava flares up intermittently. Best seen at night when you can see the red glare coming off...More

Thank H T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Thomas A Jaggar Museum lies on the rim of the Kilauea Caldera and you have a great view over the caldera from the museum. Fairly small museum. Very educational volcanic museum with good easy-to-understand explanations about geology. Nice gift shop. Good restrooms.

Thank Olle O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live on the other side of the island and also run a vacation rental business. This is something that I recommend to all of my guests. It is a must do on the Big Island if you have the time. We stayed in accommodations...More

Thank PattieFree
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The legend of Pele was fascinating. Seeing the different types of glass, and lava is very interesting.

Thank Kconway007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view from the Thomas Jaggar Museum is spectacular. It gives you a higher vantage point in which to see the crater. The Chain of Craters Road ends at that point. The museum itself is small, but there is lots of good information in there,...More

Thank gldnpupper27
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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