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Waikato Museum

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Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-838 6606
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated...

Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, this world-class museum is the artistic and cultural heart of the Waikato.Visit us to experience the stories of our art, history, culture and science through an inspirational programme which seeks to challenge and inspire.

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I live local to the Waikato Museum and have visited many times. Usually I am there to see a specific exhibition, in which case it is generally extremely well presented and well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
BaldyBeardyBloke
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Museum with art gallery strong Maori and local display an excite centre loved by kids of all ages and very good seasonal feature displays. This is downtown by the river. There is an off street museum car park behind the building next door.

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Thank Ianleigh M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Skip it. I went here with my son expecting to see something relevant to the region. Pretty boring in term of content and displays. The staff were helpful though and the museum it self was clean and tidy. Visit if it's raining and you've nothing better to do.

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Thank danwU253ZX
Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of different exhibitions for the school holidays. The farming exhibition was my favourite with lots of country calendar footage.

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Thank cass h
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my kids (6 & 8), plenty to do and see for all ages, would highly recommend visit to the WWI exhibitions and Country Calendar, the year round Excite and Planet Warrior sections are a favorite for the kids and a great rainy day activity.

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Thank travel7792
Hamilton New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This small provincial museum has an ever-changing range of exhibits. When I visited in May the main feature was DiVinci and an amazing WW1 collection. Good play/experiment facility for the kids. New art installation out front is quite interesting. Free entry!

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Thank lesleychr
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live local to the Waikato Museum and have visited many times. Usually I am there to see a specific exhibition, in which case it is generally extremely well presented and well worth the time and energy to attend. Recent examples being the war exhibition, WoW & local artists and Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition - both fascinating. They definitely know... More 

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Thank BaldyBeardyBloke
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much fun to be had even for the toddlers which I didn't realise. So much for the kids to interact with. Great short movie about Matariki too

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Thank candukiwi
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

It seems that the change their exhibits, which is good. The Critters exhibit was good. I am not sure if all the items were worthy of being there. Just because something is old, does not make it art.

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Thank Rohit G
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We are really lucky to have this free museum in Hamilton. It may no be my personal favourite place to visit, but my granddaughter enjoys all the interactive things there and I enjoy it because we can visit again and again for free. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Hamilton and have some time to spare (and/or bored... More 

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Thank Sandra R
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Waikato Museum really punches above its weight. Small museum but thoroughly professional exhibits . Gorgeous river views. Love the new art installation outside.

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