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Waikato Museum

Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-838 6606
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Ranked #9 of 27 things to do 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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Auckland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The last time we visited here was to attend a wedding.This time, there was an interesting mixture of exhibitions, as always. Dick Frizzell - some of his rarely seen ar;, the early beginnings of Waikato Cricket; Pictures at at Exhibition, showing salon-style selection from the museum's collection and a wonderful exhibit of Maori cloaks and weaving. Also, don't miss the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We took our 2 years old here while visiting Hamilton for two days. Oh my GOD. It was AMAZING! They have two levels of play area for children with a lot to learn and experiment with. Our favorite was a farm/garden on the bottom floor. My daughter played there for two hours and didn't want to leave. It was almost... More 

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The staff are great here and happy to educate and advise you as much as they can, really friendly. Really enjoyed the Hamilton exhibition which unfortunately ends this weekend. Hopefully will be brought back in one form or another. A nice mixture of modern and older style. Not convinced by the fluorescent tubes, perhaps they could get rid of it... More 

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Penarth, United Kingdom
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48 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The highlight of the museum is the Te Winiki canoe, which is displayed in a gallery overlooking the river. At the time of my visit there was also an interesting exhibition about the history of Hamilton. There was a fascinating display of Maori cloaks made by several members of one family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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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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