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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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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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Home to some of the region's best art collection and Maori taonga from the Tainui tribe, the Waikato Museum is well worth a visit on your next trip to Hamilton. Popular for the NZ... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Home to some of the region's best art collection and Maori taonga from the Tainui tribe, the Waikato Museum is well worth a visit on your next trip to Hamilton. Popular for the NZ Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition every year, it also houses a famous Maori canoe and an excellent children's exhibition centre- Excite.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Always different displays. Good for the children.Always nice and dry whatever the weather.Friendly staff.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I found that my 5 year old grandchildren absolutely loved this place and could have spent hours there. Unfortunately there wasn't the same level of involvement from the older children and we had to leave before the younger ones were ready to.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We spent several hours looking at various art exhibitions of New Zealand artists from 14 March - 21 June 2015 Gallery 12 Free entry From the first small exhibition of works in the corporate offices of Fletcher Challenge in 1962, grew New Zealand’s largest and most impressive corporate collection of art. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to view an... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Loved the weaving exhibit of the traditional Maori garments, and the stories behind the people who weaved the pieces. I also loved the gallery of art. It was a lovely visit for a lazy Saturday afternoon.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is a small museum and entry is free. Unfortunately when I visited a lot of the galleries were closed either for refurbishment or for new exhibits to be installed so there was not much to see.

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Chandolin-pres-Saviese, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Free entrance for a good opportunity to try to understand better this melting pot of local culture !

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Fort St. John, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The locals were mad at the price of beer, I can tell you that for $26 for 4 cans, that is a deal for a stadium. We pay double that in some cases here. Great fun!! Too bad the Chiefs lost

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

What I could see was good, but a lot of the areas were blocked off with alterations being done. I thought the Maori cloak display was very good showing the photos of people who made them and the materials used. The art on display was a huge variety of styles. There was a sound display but school children were in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place exceeded our expectations and even though we came to see the more science-based exhibits, we still didn't quite get a chance to see everything (we were there for 2 hours). Would love to return and see what else is on offer. An annual membership would be so worthwhile for anyone with curious kids or for home-schoolers who live... More 

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Additional Information about Waikato Museum

Address: Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-838 6606
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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