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Waikato Museum

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Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-838 6606
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Description: Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato...
Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, this world-class museum is the artistic and cultural heart of the Waikato.Visit us to experience the stories of our art, history, culture and science through an inspirational programme which seeks to challenge and inspire.
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Great Local Exhibitions

Always love visiting the Museum for functions and to take visitors and family around. Great exhibitions, local artifacts and friendly staff. Wonderful café attached to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Waitomo Caves, null, New Zealand
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Waitomo Caves, null, New Zealand
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Always love visiting the Museum for functions and to take visitors and family around. Great exhibitions, local artifacts and friendly staff. Wonderful café attached to the Museum as well.

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Went on a school trip they gave us a guide and it was such a lovely time. It was really interesting, I never knew there was such a good trip and the kids loved it.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A pleasant mix of contemporary art and historic storytelling. There is a good exhibition on Waikato and world war 1. The modern art was reasonably engaging. It didn't take very long to have a look around though. Mimenjoyedntehnfuna nd leisure gallery. Some very whimsical,pieces there.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Dont get me wrong. I like the place plenty. But when we got some city visitors, its another different story. Most city folk would not appreciate the cultural and historical aspect. you would enjoy this place once every couple of months, but seriously there isn't much going on here in comparison to a big city museum with loads of funding... More 

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Waikato
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I take regular visits to the Hamilton museum and enjoy the wide range of exhibitions there. The children's excite exhibition is fantastic for any kids under ninety nine years old!the staff are helpful and friendly and most of the exhibitions are free. It's a great space. In the past it had a great restaurant and a cafe but I don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We went during the July holidays and there was lots to do for all ages from the marine themed art and crafts to the human body exhibition. It was busy but with so many exhibition to view never seemed crowded. My teenagers really enjoyed the giant penguin fossel and the human body exhibition. The Waikato men in World War 2... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I did not expect much from this museum , but it paked a great punch from a little space. The opening of the Barry Hopkins gallery has added a wonderful new dimension to the museum. It may be little, but it is all extremely well set out. Great for children as it has some interactive exhibits. It has staged some... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great 'children friendly' museum. there is always something new to see on every visit. Lots of local history on display.

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Hamilton, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Very interesting museum with all displays well done and so accessible for all people who may intend. Covers well the history of Waikato and the Maori settlement of the region

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The Waikato Museum is another free must see in Hamilton. The history of the WWI Kiwi soldiers was a special exhibit and it gave a very moving an intimate story of many individual men and women as well as a nice history of New Zealand's participation in the war effort. Another fabulous exhibit was E Ngaa Uri Whakatupu, a display... More 

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