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Jaggar Museum

Jaggar Museum

The Jaggar Museum located in Volcanoes National Park on top of Kilauea is the perfect place to learn all about volcanoes, from the creation and formation of Hawaii’s islands to the roles they played in the lives of ancient Hawaiians.

red light and steam emits from active volcano

The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum was created as a permanent station to learn and study volcanic and seismic events in the region. Among the museums many displays are various types of monitors and equipment used by seismologists to study the Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. There are also several cultural exhibits that explain the close relationship between ancient hawaiians and their volcanic deity –  Pelehonuamea.

Outside the museum the observation deck offers a prime viewing point for the Halemaumau Crater, and on clearer days Mauna Loa, 20 miles to the west. The Crater, over a half-mile across and 1,000 feet deep was created in 1924 when an explosive eruption occurred on the site. The crater left by the eruption became a destination for scientists as well as tourists who, from the overlook, can see plumes of smoke and the glow of the lava bubbling just below the surface of the crater. Visitors at night, and cloudy days are treated to a light show as the magma casts a red glow over the nearby landscape and against the smoke that is constantly billowing out of the caldera.

Visit this amazing location to learn about the destructive and creative power of the volcanoes that formed the islands of Hawaii over millions and millions of years with Polynesian Adventure Activities. Offering tours to Volcanoes National Park and the Jaggar Museum as well as our Volcano Adventure Helicopter Tour where you can get a spectacular birds-eye view of these amazing active volcanoes. 

Book today to see these amazing sights up close with Polynesian Adventure Activities! Click below for all of our Volcano Tours on the Big Island!