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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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This being my fifth visit to Rarotonga I thought it time that I gave the museum a visit. I was not expecting much and it is very basic with a cost of $5 per person to enter but I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson, New Zealand
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96 reviews 96 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This being my fifth visit to Rarotonga I thought it time that I gave the museum a visit. I was not expecting much and it is very basic with a cost of $5 per person to enter but I looked at this as more of a donation that would help the library keep going. Even though there is not much... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This was an interesting place to visit and not without its merit. More a cluster of informative and interesting things than a complete museum from my perspective. For someone wanting to know the history of the Cook Islands it is a little incomplete, missing a connected narrative and a clear time line, which is something that could be completed by... More 

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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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11 reviews 11 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
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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
29 helpful votes 29 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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79 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 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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