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Waikato Museum

1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
07 838 6606
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Science Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Waikato
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Not big but generally good. Some parts you have to pay, and it's awesome to learn about the Moas. I live in Hamilton for more than 2 years, and have never been there before. It's great to see the local attractions.

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Joensuu, Finland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you want to get an insight into the history of the Waikato you should go to this museum. Everything there is well presented, the staff are helpful and well-informed. The art exhibitions of current New Zealand art provide a good insight of art making in this country. Exciting! You will get an excellent cup of coffee in the museum... More

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Sarina, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Took family from Texas to the museum and they enjoyed seeing a bit on Maori history and how Hamilton was developed. Im from the area and was pleased to see what was presented. Was free to enter but was happy to donate money to the museum as i thought it was a good exhibition. Well done Hamilton

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Very interesting exhibits. Next time I would pay more to see the extra galleries but enough of the free galleries to fill a couple of hours at least. Friendly staff.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I took the kids to the local museum. I had a good look around and then asked the woman at the front door if there was any kid friendly exhibits that did not cost a lot of $ for admittance. There were none. On the bright side, it was 11am on a Saturday morning and there was nobody there. The... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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59 reviews 59 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Our tech savvy little grandchildren were keen to try out the attractions of the museum but quickly became bored. Nothing is smart, stimulating or appealing enough to hold the attention of kids even with a bossy grandma urging them to think about what rubbish to put in which bin. It was an expensive and short stay. This is a lovely... More

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Interesting museum with insight into Maori history, great photos and displays. Right near the River and close to the CBD. Easy to spend an hour or two there.

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