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Taupo Museum

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Address: 4 Story Place, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Phone Number: (07) 376 0414
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Good for the size

Unfortunately they were setting up an exhibit in part of the museum so we were limited in what we saw. I nearly scored less but I suspect we would have enjoyed it more if all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Pam W
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an excellent museum. Don't go in there expecting a 'big city' museum experience. It is a small provincial museum, and should be judged in that context. The exhibits were very interesting - and relevant. Plenty of information without too much 'clutter'. Be prepared to read, watch and learn - and you won't be disappointed. The staff are friendly... More 

Thank Matthew61
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately they were setting up an exhibit in part of the museum so we were limited in what we saw. I nearly scored less but I suspect we would have enjoyed it more if all areas were open. Loved to caravan.

Thank Pam W
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

As a local I should come here more often. Unfortunietly I don't. They change things around in here often and have new things for visitors (and locals) to look at all the time. There displays are well looked after and the signage etc is al lvery informative. The staff are always very friendly and helpful to locals and visitors. They... More 

Thank Jenny M
Vancouver, Canada
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295 reviews
179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

It was a rainy day and we were looking for something to pass the time with. The museum is right behind the iSite so we stopped by. It's very inexpensive 3$ for students 5$ for adults. It's both an art gallery and a museum, there are some really cute displays such as the caravan. It's also quite informative about the... More 

Thank kmerke
Grand Junction, Colorado
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74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is our first visit to New Zealand but we've been lots of other places. New Zealand's medium and larger towns all seem to have nice museums. But Taupo's is the best we've seen for any small town anywhere. Mauri history, local art or various sorts, forest/logging history, fishing history. It's all there. We visited, drove on for another business... More 

Thank william33450
Whanganui, New Zealand
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60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Small, compact but well laid out and interesting. See the miniature timber yard. Outside is a fountain where natural volcanic water is building a terraced area in colored deposits.

Thank Gavin C
Napier, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

The museum would be okay if it was free but considering it's not it is poor value for money. My son liked the dinosaur hunt looking for the hidden toys throughout the place. I ended up helping him since the rest of the collection was quite boring.

Thank NevillePettersson
Canberra, Australia
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180 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

This museum is quite small, but does have some nice attractions, such as the caravan, a Maori house and woodcutting history, but we were surprised to find that it only took us 20-30 minutes to get around. The cost, $5, is reasonable, and the staff were helpful.

Thank Mr_25_7
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73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Pleasant museum to get an overview of the geography of the area and history of the Maori people. $5 each entry fee.

Brisbane, Australia
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84 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Lots of interesting displays. I was interested in the volcanic history of the area and extent of previous events. Nice little art gallery also.

Thank Elizabeth W

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