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Waikato Museum

1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
07 838 6606
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Ranked #8 of 11 Attractions in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated on the banks of the...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Loads to look at, and great staff make this museum well worth a visit when in Hamilton. Set next to the Waikato River its a great place to spend a bit of time.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not only is it a great place to spent a day in general, but they have activity rooms for kids and that is more then I would have expected from a museum. When we moved to Hamilton, I wanted to know about the history and man, waht a place to find out...fantastic.

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Vicenza, Italy
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47 reviews 47 reviews
40 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I've been around so many museums in New Zealand. Every time I was looking to visit to learn more, but usually it was different items about the same topic, and above all always the same approach: it's nice to see another Maori canoe, another Maori carving, to read another time about the wars or to see some pictures. But was... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

From local history to contemporary visual art. Very good special exhibition about Maori weavers. The contemporary art prize exhibition was uneven in quality as those sorts of exhibitions often are. But it was a good survey of creative visual art. I enjoyed the history of local cinemas. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

It is a small size museum with limited collection.

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North Richmond, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We visited the Museum with our 2 children 7yrs and 10yrs. They loved the interactive part of the museum with different things to do. Planet Warrior was the best for them, as they had to find all these answers by playing several games. It was hard to get them both out of there so we could visit the rest of... More 

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Hamilton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The grandson's must do trip every holidays is the visit to Exsite and they complain they don't spend much time there - we often have to go to lunch and then come back for more.

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Waikato
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Looking for something to do with my Grandchildren for the day I remembered they had seen an episode of Peppa Pig going to the museum so we packed up for the day and headed into Waikato Museum. I had forgotten what an absolute treasure our museum is and how it can be fun for all ages. My littlies were fascinated... More 

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Birmingham
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Well worth a visit to this museum as the permanent displays are very interesting. The museum is very child friendly and we will take our grandchildren there in the future.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A small museum with some interesting history and pieces. Recommend for something to do on a cold, rainy, Winters day. Good for younger kids with several interactive pieces to keep them entertained and give them a good insight into what it was like back when early settlers and maori were inhabiting the Waikato. Even dress-ups for a bit of fun.

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