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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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Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated...

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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The museum is pretty nice for a small city as Hamilton, in a relatively contemporary building. Honestly I found the permanent exhibition a tad boring, whereas the temporary one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Carlo P
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is pretty nice for a small city as Hamilton, in a relatively contemporary building. Honestly I found the permanent exhibition a tad boring, whereas the temporary one regarding the was was fascinating.

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1 Thank Carlo P
Canberra, Australia
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515 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Waikato Museum is worth a visit as it presents diverse exhibits about New Zealand. The museum has a dozen or so galleries, and each presents different stories told using various media. The exhibit related to the Maori wars provides an excellent overview of the times, and the struggles thereafter. The WWI exhibition is superb, and the way individual stories... More 

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Thank TWal1
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful location at the end of Victoria Street. Right on the river. Great combination of local art and exhibits. Very moving tribute to the local community as well as the inspiring recognition of the Waikato heroes of World War One. Highly recommend a visit.

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Thank PetCow101
Chur, Switzerland
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95 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum caters not only for one specific interest group. You find modern art, Maori art and history, photography equipment and war history. It is very worthwhile a visit.

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Thank ToblerE
Exeter, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really informative and well laid out. Best of all was the fact that it's free (all museums should be and donations should be asked for). Well worth the trip both during s rainy or sunny day.

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Thank AlexBerki1
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As people we take for granted what other sacrificed their lives, for the peace we now enjoy daily. The history in those was is rich on what Kiwis are for in terms of needy and trying times for them and others. It's a good place for young generations to visit and learn how these historical events shaped our lives and... More 

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Thank Brighton M
Hamilton New Zealand
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56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum is located in a lovely building close to town and the river. There is a good Maori section and when they have special exhibitions it is worth a visit. Otherwise it is pretty average. If you are wanting to spend some time inside on a rainy day you could take the children and spend an hour or so.... More 

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Thank nadyjay
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The Waka was huge! ...the rest of the Waikato Museum was just the right size to enjoy diverse exhibitions without become exhausted. Loved the piece by Higeyuki Kihara showing the 'tracing hands' of the Polynesian dancer... mesmerising.

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1 Thank localgirl2016
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

If you have time do visit. The staff are pleasant and well informed about the displays. You can have a guided tour.

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1 Thank amtpeters
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Early History of the Maori and there religious beliefs as well as the impact of the European culture Great activity for a rainy day or a day where an overseas tour just wants a bit of history and doesn't want to have to hike to get to see whats there.

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