Jaggar Museum

Phone (808) 985-6000
4.5 stars from 5 reviews
Address Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, HI 96785
A museum on volcanology inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Educational
• General: Has Gift Shop • General: Kid Activities
• General: National Park • General: Photo Opportunity
• General: Restrooms • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Sightseeing: Volcano / Lava Flow • Tours: Self Guided
• Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center

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NOTE: Due Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption Of 2018, the Jaggar Museum is closed and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The museum has sustained structural damage from tens of thousands of earthquakes that occurred from May through August of 2018. The are under and around the museum is considered extremely unstable and park officials don't believe there is a way to stabilize the area and reopen. We're leaving this article open for now and will update the status as more information comes in.

The Jaggar Museum is a volcanology museum located inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, about two and a half miles from the Kilauea Visitor Center, and named after American volcanologist Thomas Jaggar.


On the inside of the museum guests will find several displays on the various types of lava, real-time monitoring equipment, and eruption byproduct displays.


On the outside, you'll find an area that overlooks the Kilauea Caldera which includes some interpretive displays about Kilauea Volcano which is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.


This is a great place to observe the gas eruption of the Halema'uma'u Crater, which has been happening since March 19, 2008. Viewing the the erupting Halema'uma'u Crater on a clear night can be an amazing site to see. The vent diameter is currently around 525 feet which has grown from its 125 foot diameter back before the March 19, 2008 eruption.
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Lori H
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 234
Likes Received: 4
When exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visiting the Jaggar Museum is a must. They have fantastic exhibits and are very informative. There is also a nice gift shop inside.
The viewing area outside of the Jaggar Museum is the best place to view the lava in Halemaumau Crater. I come to this area at least 3 times a month and the view is spectacular each time. If you are able to view the lava on a clear full moon night, it is a sight you will never forget.
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Nicole L
Joined: Aug 2017
Reviews: 30
Likes Received: 0
This place did not look like it does in the pics shown. This is a very quick walk through! Unless you are living and breathing volcano rock itself, then do not bother, stay outside and take a few shots of the crater!
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Vickey W
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 123
Likes Received: 46
We loved the Jaggar Museum. Seeing the lava types and learning about them was interesting. The Kilauea Caldera Overlook was something to see. Seeing the erupting Halema'uma'u Crater on a clear night can be an amazing site to see and makes for great photos and videos. The views are awesome. I have to say the Rangers here were great they answered all our questions and were so helpful.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Very well done exhibit supporting the overlook at the Kilauea caldera. The exhibits are interesting - in particular, the seismometer, which captures seismic information from the volcano. The best thing about the Jaggar Museum are the ranger. They are friendly, informative, and happily answer any questions you might have. They also give presentations throughout the day on the caldera overlook.

I think you should visit the Jaggar Museum twice. Go early on while there are still rangers on duty to share information, then come back later after dark to see the glow of the Kilauea caldera.
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Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 26
The Jaggar Museum has an overall 4.5 star average rating from over 1000 reviews.
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