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Cook Islands Library & Museum

Avarua, Cook Islands
682 20725
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Ranked #10 of 19 Attractions in Avarua
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
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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
170 helpful votes 170 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Sydney
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88 reviews 88 reviews
29 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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