Reunion Island

The Volcano Museum’s lava tunnel
The Volcano Museum’s lava tunnel Volcano Museum

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 3million years ago.