Collections

The museum and archive collection at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park consists of over 31,000 objects under the general classifications of archeology, ethnology, history, biology, paleontology, and geology and 1,350 linear feet of records that include documents and audio-visual material. The purpose of the museum and archive collection is to preserve the cultural, natural, and administrative activity of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

 
Historic photograph of four children sitting on an old ballistic in ash from the volcano.

Research

Guidelines for access and use. The museum collection and archive is open by appointment only.

Historic photograph of a channelized river of molten lava.

Archives

The park archive contains approximately 1,350 linear feet of National Park Service records, images, personal papers, and area maps.

Display of a archaeological item (fish hook and cordage)

Archaeology

Artifacts provide archeologists with evidence to help answer key questions about the past. Over 6,800 archeology artifacts are preserved.

Photograph of historic register of Volcano House

Volcano House Register

The Volcano House Registers is a collection of hotel guest registers from the historic Volcano House in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Perched molten lava lake sitting inside a caldera

Fine Art

Fine art paintings, prints and drawings are important to the history of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Taxidermy of a red native honeycreeper.

Natural History

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has a complex diversity of biological and geological resources.

Last updated: April 27, 2021

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

Phone:

(808) 985-6011

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