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Cook Islands Library & Museum

Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Phone Number: 682 20725
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Ranked #10 of 19 Attractions in Avarua
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
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English first
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Museum is not worth the money paid. Very disappointed with the amount of exhibits, we expected to find out more about the history of the island.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Old timey library, it made me feel good inside to know that something like this (still working with a Dewey decimal system card catalog!). Librarian Sally is a classic.

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Definitely worth a trip - it's devastating to see how much history has been lost by the colonisation of the islands by Christian missionaries who burned the (mostly wooden) historical artefacts. A really character-full museum clearly run by dedicated staff in a labour of love.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We wished we'd had more time to spend in this really interesting small museum with warm and friendly staff. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
75 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nice little museum rolled together with the library and available to visit up to 1pm each day. A good way to find out a little bit more about Cook Island culture with small but distinct exhibits in each of the 15 islands, plus history, religion, geography and traditions. Will help provide a bit if background to any of the island's... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I was confused by the fact there are 2 museums both charging $5 entry fee. Not knowing which would be best I eventually visited both I enjoyed the information boards about the history of the different islands in the Cooks and the informative DVD playing in the Library museum, some of the artifacts in the other museum were also worth... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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112 reviews 112 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Small and very crammed Library. The museum is also small but has a lot of exhibits and was much better than the National Museum. Very well laid out and lots of history and information. Well worth a visit.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A lot of information in a very small space. It only costs $5.00 and gives a great insight into the history of the Cook Islands :)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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125 reviews 125 reviews
45 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This museum contains various interesting creations but really not a lot of historic interest. The Cook Islanders must have a great deal more to tell visitors about their history than this.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Good but very small and none of the DVD entertainment services worked and toilets were filthy! liked the fact a library was attached

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