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Cook Islands Library & Museum

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Phone Number: 682 20725
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Description: This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts...
This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
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things you would never know

Liked the old photos of the islanders and pioneers of the island. Lots of stories of how the island was only inhabited by cannibals until a missionary was determined to change... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Los Angeles California
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Los Angeles California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Liked the old photos of the islanders and pioneers of the island. Lots of stories of how the island was only inhabited by cannibals until a missionary was determined to change there habits.

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Tammisaari, Finland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A small museum, library and sell used pockets for jut 3$, otherwise almost 20!Near to it is a christian college with a nice garden. Sign is by the road

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Ottawa, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

When you read the previous reviews you will see the split in comments between "glad I went/great/worth the money" and "waste of time/waste of money" and they all make sense depending on your expectations going in. This is the cook islands people. This is not going to be a big city museum. The library and museum are clearly run mostly... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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174 reviews 174 reviews
79 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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