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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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08:30 - 19:30
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A geological and historical museum.

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This is an excellent spot to view the kiluea caldron. The clothing of the scientist that fell through the lava crust is also interesting. He lived!

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an excellent spot to view the kiluea caldron. The clothing of the scientist that fell through the lava crust is also interesting. He lived!

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're not up to a hike, this is a "one stop" opportunity that is not to be missed. You'll be treated to a good view of the caldera and steam rising from multiple fissures. While we were not there at night to possibly view the glow from hot lava, you do get reasonably close and the museum does a... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After the visitors center, drive right to the Museum. It has a crater floor view of an old eruption which may show some hot spots and/or steams rising from several spots. They have a few volunteer rangers who are available to explain what you are seeing and know the answers to your other questions about the volcano and area. There... More 

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Merrill, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped at Volcano National Park during the day and decided to return in the evening for the view. It was raining and fog, so we could see the lava glow but not much else. We returned a few nights later when the weather was clear. What we saw was AWESOME! The Park Ranger explained that the lava was 43... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

anyone needing information about Hawaii's volcanoes can find everything they need here. then go out on the observation deck to get a view of Kilauea; might have to wait but eventually we saw lava eruptions. awesome.

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Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped on our tour of Volcano National Park and saw just smoke coming from the crater. We stopped again on our way back to Hilo in the evening. The viewing area is open 24 hours so we saw the red glow of lava after dark. The sky was so clear you could see so many stars without the light... More 

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Sinton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum made me fall in love with science! We had just been to the southernmost point of the US and were making our way back to our hotel when we decided to stop. Boy, were we ever happy to have made this stop! Our plan had been to just take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came a couple of times. First during the day/afternoon and it was packed with people and really rainy. Loved the gift shop and the rangers explaining everything about the volcano. We came back after dark and it was wonderful. I could have stayed and watched the lava erupting for hours. It was cold and wet, so bring warm clothing,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The highlight of Hilo sight is the volcano and right now since July 2016 the volcano is erupting. You can book a trip for 55 min on a helicopter or a boat Don't miss it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are fascinated by volcanoes and lava, so we were very interested to visit this informative spot while hoping to see the glow from Kilauea Crater at night. Alas, it was too foggy for the latter, but we learned SO much about vulcanism in the Hawai'ian Island chain.

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