Jaggar Museum Tours

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For the last several years, the Jaggar Museum and its overlook have enjoyed one of the best vantages for spotting glowing lava in Kilauea's summit lake. A must-stop location for all Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitors, the elongated, single-room rock building houses exhibits on volcanology and Hawaiian culture, with large windows facing the Halemaumau crater. Regular displays include real-time monitors where you can cause your own “earthquake” by jumping; historical volcanic measuring and data gathering equipment; artifacts including the various and unusual types of Hawaiian volcano eruptive material; historical photographs; and a massive mural detailing the fire goddess Pele's relationship to other Hawaiian deities.

Though it’s possible to see the fumes coming out of the crater during the day, or even the nene, Hawaii’s endangered and endemic goose in the parking lot, nature’s real show here happens at night. That’s when the glowing lava, reflected by the vog (volcanic fog) emits a bright orange glow that can be seen for miles. If you’re really lucky—as some visitors were during a brief period in April and May 2015—levels in the lava lake could rise, bringing with it the chance to see lava itself with your own eyes, day or night, as it spills onto the crater floor.

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The museum is located off Crater Rim Drive, about 2.5 miles from Volcano House, the only hotel in the park. The museum is open daily from 8:30am until 5pm, but sometimes stays open later for geology talks by park rangers or during certain times of the year. A small gift shop sells HVNP-branded apparel and trinkets as well as informative book and DVDs. Because the summit lake eruption is a natural phenomenon, there is no guarantee the eruption will be occurring in the park during your visit.
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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA, USA
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Hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm
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Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its ever-flowing lava and the planet’s most massive active volcano. This tour journeys to top natural landmarks in and around the park. You’ll visit Rainbow Falls, Richardson black sand beach, Historic Banyan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo Bay Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, and the active volcano of Kilauea. You will also have the opportunity to walk through a lava tube.
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Evening Volcano Explorer From Kona

Explore the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity and past and present Hawaiian culture at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Start at the world-famous Kona Coffee Farm for a deli-style lunch, then visit Punalu'u Beach to look for sea turtles. After arriving at the park, learn about everything from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jagger Museum. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery, featuring a private tour with wine tasting, then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii.
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Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Embark on an epic adventure with this Volcanoes National Park tour from Hilo. You'll journey into the largest and most active volcano on earth with your friendly, professional guide, and pay a visit to the Richardson Blacksand Beach. You'll learn about the incredible landscapes that roll out before you and gain insight into the geological and ecological implications of Mother Nature on this stunning park. See the Akatsuke Orchid Nursery, Rainbow Falls, the Maunaloa Macadamia Nut Factory and so much more on this memorable tour that hits so many of Hawaii's hot spots.
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Early Bird Volcano Express

This 7-hour tour allows you to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the early morning, with pickup from your hotel in Kona, Waikoloa, Kohala, or Hilo. Get a comprehensive tour of the park's highlights with snacks, beverages, and entrance fees included.
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Small-Group Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

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Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

On this two-wheeled, adventurous Kilauea tour, explore Hawaii’s active volcano from the comfortable seat of a bike, where you’ll ride through multiple microclimates and past rugged volcanic terrain. This Hawaii bike tour is one of the best ways to explore Kilauea volcano, where every bend in the road reveals a new volcanic wonder, from steaming craters to lava fields to cliffs dropping off toward the sea. Even better, the tour includes visits to the Jagger Museum and Thurston Lava Tube.
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Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

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Small Group Tour: Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

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Hawaii Volcano Park Shared Shore Excursion up to 10 guests

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Hilo Volcano Special Tour

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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

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Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour From Kona

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Big Island Zipline Tour and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Hilo or Kona

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Discover Volcano Country

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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach

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Hilo Hot Steam Volcano Tour: Waterfalls - Big Island Candies - Black Sand

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Meet At The Volcano Park Tour - Up to 11 Guests

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