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Cook Islands Library & Museum

Avarua, Cook Islands
682 20725
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Ranked #8 of 18 attractions in Avarua
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
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Sydney
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88 reviews 88 reviews
29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Worth the visit to view some interesting things from all over the Pacific, not just the CI. The layout is cute and unsophisticated, which is exactly it's charm.

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Fox Glacier
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

A real museum feel here. For $5 each a great way to understand Rarotonga and it's history! With videos playing a so many different artefacts. Was very impressed to see the gorgeous Charles McPhee velvet paintings in the wall!

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We liked the selection of items on display. the museum needs more advertising, we stumbled across it one day whilst out driving.

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Auckland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

There were some very interesting items in the museum, it all looks rather tired. The building houses both library and museum and is cramped. It is a pity.

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

As the title of this Museum implies, it is run by government being a national asset or facility. This venue is not to be confused with the small private museum situated 100 metres away, which is attached to the Cook Islands Library, opposite the USP campus. Many of the reviews below actually refer to that museum in error. The National... More

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Pasadena, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Although small, this little museum gives a nice background of the Cook Islands people, the culture, and how the missionaries changed the culture of the people. Some very interesting stories and displays to give one a better appreciation of the island. If your in town, take the half hour or so that it takes to peruse the museum. On your... More

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Waimea, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Very modest little museum. Some very interesting artefacts, to be sure, but the displays look like they haven't changed in about 40 years. I mainly visited because I was keen to see some genuine tivaevae, the traditional Cook Islands quilts. There were four on display when I visited, they were beautiful, and it was worth going to see them because... More

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Mosgiel, New Zealand
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

There's not a lot to see in this museum but to be sure, there are a number of items of interest, including a Royal Visit or two. There is an original Union Jack flag which frightened off the French, quite a gem! We felt that our entry fee might have made a small contribution towards an upgrade, which would be... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This was a nice surprise. The museum is housed in the library which brings back nostalgic days of catalog cards and the likes. The museum is basic but does have some nice exhibits. Worth visiting!

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Clay City, Kentucky
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The National Museum of the Cook Islands gives you a look into the history of all of the Cook Islands, not just Rarotonga. It is small but full of interesting artifacts, from paintings to tools to traditional clothing. There are cases for each of the Northern Cook Islands and all have artifacts from each island. It is a place to... More

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