Jaggar Museum


About Jaggar Museum


Jaggar Museum is living and breathing with active seismographs that record volcanic activity of the islands. It’s also one of the best views overlooking Mount Kilauea Caldera, one the world’s most active volcano. You’ll learn how volcanoes work, the history of Hawaii’s volcanic origins and how volcanology scientists conduct their research. Jaggar Museum is located at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Jaggar Museum is named after Dr. Thomas Augustus Jaggar, who moved to Kilauea in 1912 to dedicate his life to studying volcanoes. He was living with other scientists at the newly built Hawaii Volcano Observatory, a collection of small cabins on the floor of Kilauea Caldera.

Dr. Jaggar made the first mention of a volcano museum in 1916. The museum was built in 1986 on highest section of Kilauea Caldera’s rim and features interpretive exhibits of the volcanology work performed by Jaggar and his pupils.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Big Island
  • Duration: About 30-45 minutes.
  • Amenities: Restrooms, gift shop, picture opportunities.
  • Insider Tip: Open till 8pm means this is one of the best places see the Halemaumau lava lake at night when its active!
  • Fun Fact: The seismographs are working 24 hours a day to record volcanic activity.
  • What to Expect: Halema'uma'u Crater; Crater Rim Drive; Hawaii Volcanoes National Park