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Waikato Museum

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Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 838 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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The building looks fearsome, but it stores a wealth of fascinating treasures within. Management behind the scenes is rumored to be rocky, but the public face is flawless. Been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The building looks fearsome, but it stores a wealth of fascinating treasures within. Management behind the scenes is rumored to be rocky, but the public face is flawless. Been here many times socially, and through my schooling. Very interactive for children all year round, but catch a decent exhibition and adults can enjoy this too.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Most of the exhibits are free (donations can be made) and have interactive elements, although aimed at children still a bit of fun for adults. Some interesting reading on Maori history and new zealand history through the last century. Worth a visit and is in a great location next to all the restaurants!

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Clinton, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This small museum houses an exceedingly large (80-man) Maori war canoe--a must-see. We especially enjoyed a Maori elder's demonstration of Maori singing and working the "poi" a sort-of Eskimo yoyo that women twirl while dancing and singing. The rest of the museum contained mostly modern art and dioramas of white man's NZ history. The banks of the Waikato River offered... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Many fantastic things to see and ponder over the canoe that came from the Hawaiin Islands looks way to small to me

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Even with special exhibitions, it only takes a short time to get around. Not likely to go back unless it is something I must see, like a Manchester United exhibition!

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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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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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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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 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

It is a small size museum with limited collection.

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