AAA Editor Notes
Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, 3 mi. w. of Kīlauea Visitor Center on Crater Rim Dr. next to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, is a geological museum dedicated to seismology and volcanology. Inside you'll see several working seismographs and tilt meters that depict earthquakes as they occur. Videos of past eruptions of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa run continuously on TV monitors. There's also a computer monitor displaying frequently updated thermal images of Halema‘uma‘u Crater, taken from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam.
An adjacent overlook offers excellent views of Kīlauea Caldera and Halema‘uma‘u Crater. At dusk and into the early evening, this is by far the most popular spot from which to see the fiery red glow of Halema‘uma‘u.
On especially busy nights, parking at the overlook can be a problem.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.