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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
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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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Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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
10 helpful votes 10 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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