After three years of renovations and modernization, the Volcano Museum at the foothills of the Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion — a French island off the southeast coast of Africa — has opened its doors again. Originally launched in 1992, the “Volcano House” has attracted tens of thousands of visitors, all keen to learn about the inner workings of a volcano, close to one of the most active ones in the Indian Ocean. Among the interactive displays is a “mock up” lava tunnel visitors can walk through. The museum also showcases the history of the island’s emergence from the deep when underwater volcanos erupted some 3 million years ago.
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