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Jagger Museum, Volcano

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Jagger Museum offers sheltered viewing of a volcanic crater. Visit the outdoor terrace to get an even closer look inside the volcano. One of the busiest spots on the Crater Rim Drive Tour, the museum features seismographs that track volcanic activity so you'll know if an eruption is coming with plenty of time to evacuate. See suits worn by volcanologists who got a little too close to lava flows. When you park, look out for the nene, Hawaii's official bird. The geese wander the parking lot looking for snacks. See Jagger Museum and all Volcano has to offer by arranging your trip with our Volcano holiday builder app .
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  • Its not a visitor's center. It is so much more that =<8th grade with lots of science and lots of in depth explanations. Even better you can see the crater and the caldera from the deck and if you're l...  more »
  • Located overlooking the crater of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii Island volcano base. Ample parking and a separate and clean restrooms, and shelter, as well as description of the myths about the history of various volcanic and volcanic is a very interesting place. Became a topic, tamori, Hawaiian became the academic term "pahoehoe" and "AA lava" in English (understandable if high school English at least should be) no explanation is and there are explanations. Very hard to explain, and they will be studied. So there is also a museum shop, children also enjoy, you should visit. Even my 8-year-old and 4-year-old children would enjoy.
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  • it is a must to see and to experience if you are in volcano national park, there are guided tours with the park rangers and you can tell they love what they do, very informative, impressive pictures o...  more »
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  • Very informative museum. If you come to watch the sun set and see the caldera as it gets dark, dress warmly. 4000 foot elevation plus a stiff breeze, it was quite cold. The views were amazing.
  • Felt I was getting ripped off to see lava $250 for a helicopter or $200 for a boat tour. Our hotel concierge told us about the Jaggar Museum. This is one of the best tips, I was honestly amazed on arriving and witnessing the crater. Things only get better, wandering through the museum and learning about the Hawaiian mythology as well as scientific studies. When you step out again it's a bit darker and WOW. I wish I spent more time at the National Park.
  • End of the road for the volcano rim. Informative museum with the best views of the caldera. The lava was visible in daytime when I visited and was clearly moving.
  • Got there just before 5pm for Ranger Michael's very informative talk. It gives you a better understanding of the Volcano and it's history. Staying till after sunset gives you another incredible view. As others have said just bring another layer of clothing as it gets cold quick.
  • You can see active lava at night, how cool is that? However, some nights it may be too much smoke to see it.

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Where to stay in Volcano

Volcano remains compact, so accommodations are pretty straightforward. Bed and breakfasts, cottages, and lodges represent most of the options here, but you'll also find a couple of hostels/budget inns. Most establishments feature traditional Polynesian architecture. Many accommodations sit near the access road to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, but a few are set a bit farther away from it.
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