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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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  • This is a good place to visit in the day, but also come in the dark. But don't come back at night. A ranger recommended we come in the morning, and it wasn't very crowded at all. We got there about 5:...  more »
  • The Jagger Museum is poised on the rim of the Kilauea Caldera in the Volcanoes National Park. It does an excellent job of explaining the geology of the Park. A special feature is its proximity to the ...  more »
  • This is as close as you can get to lava without a 4 hour hike. The museum has a ranger suit that shows what happened when you get your foot in lava. Make sure you stop by after dark to see the glow.  more »
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  • Excellent viewing of the active eruption. Eve better to come by late at night, after 10pm for amazing views. It can be windy and cold at night. Bring a rain jacket and a pullover to be more comfortable
  • Friendly staff. Informational about everything volcano. Great view of a crater. You must try the seismic experiment--make your own earthquake and see how big you can go. Family friendly.
  • Definitely go at night it is amazing to see the lava light up the sky. We were there on a rainy day in January and it was rather cold (60f) so unfortunately we didn't hike as much as I would have preferred if I would have packed warmer clothes in the car that day. The museum itself is definitely worth taking a look at it give some great information about the history of the area as well as the geology. Really cool samples as well with good signs labeling what type of igneous rock and why they are different.
  • nice museum with lot of helpful rangers. its open late in night until 8pm. there are two viewing points for the crater. if you are lucky to be presented with a clear day you will enjoy a great view, but accept the fact that most days its going to be cloudy and foggy. ample parking space but it gets full after dark for people who come up to watch the night view. the seismograph is a big hit with kids and adults alike
  • Great view of the Kilauea caldera, especially when the lava lake is high. Glow at night is especially impressive. Educational presentions inside are also impressive and fun.
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