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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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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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Interesting topical displays, sometimes interactive.

Bring the kids! This is a good one for wet days. Changing displays, such as the Matariki exhibition (Maori New Year, as seen in the stars).

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TheZenOfThings
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Raglan, New Zealand
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Dagenham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dead friendly staff ,very relaxed place ,so much to see ,the long boar fascinated me so intricate in the details if you get the chance pop in its well worth it .

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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Hi Susan, many thanks for your lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing time we had .. hands on activities for young and old. Science at its best. Well worth a visit. So many things held our wee guys attention. . The grain moving machine.. the flashing light game.. the gyro pen drawings.

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Thank Kiwichatter
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora Kiwichatter, thanks for your great review, hope to see and your wee guy back again soon. More 

Raglan, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Bring the kids! This is a good one for wet days. Changing displays, such as the Matariki exhibition (Maori New Year, as seen in the stars).

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Museum Staff made you feel welcome, one of the exhibitions was "Country Calendar" one of NZ longest running TV programs ( 50 years) and how it all started and all the people that have been associated with the program, Excellent Display...the real country feeling of NZ. Also you must see the Maori exhibitions and waka canoe.. And then there... More 

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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Hi OllieSO28, sounds like you made the most of your time here with all of the exhibitions you checked out! Many thanks for taking the time to post such an awesome review. More 

Hove, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As local museums go, this is a good one. It has varying exhibitions, all of good to excellent quality. There is a small gallery of locally-focused paintings, including a Brian Dahlberg. There's a Maori canoe and a history of the Maori King movement, as well as some lovely Maori carvings. The World War I exhibit is especially moving. Entry is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Happened to come across this museum and its neighbouring arts centre by chance while walking along the river. The staff were very friendly and helped us get the most of the museum before it closed for the night. Got a chance to walk through the WWII exhibit which was surprisingly moving and really brought home the waste of war.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago 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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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 July 2, 2016 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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