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Cook Islands Library & Museum

Avarua, Cook Islands
682 20725
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Ranked #10 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Admittedly the museum is not massive however one of the most valuable services I feel it provides is educating visitors on the diversity of the 15 Cook islands, showing maps of each and a small back story. I was very fortunate to have an excellent coffee table book about the CI's in my accommodation to read in 2012 and so... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
31 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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