Jagger Museum and Observatory
Take 30 minutes in this state-of-the-art teaching museum and enhance
your understanding of volcanic eruptions and the unique geology
of the Park and the surrounding region. Located on the westside
of the Kilauea Caldera on the Crater Rim Drive in the National Park,
the Jaggar Museum contains numerous exhibits that explain the history
and behavior of Hawaiian volcanoes. The museum is named after Dr.
Thomas Augustus Jaggar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Here visitors can see videos of volcanic activity, geologic displays
and lots of working seismographs. The Jaggar Museum also has magnificent
overlooks into Kilauea Caldera and Halema'uma'u Crater, which makes
it a great place to take pictures. There is a small gift shop inside
the museum. The museum is open daily from 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.