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Interesting museum, well worth visit

The Museum deals with the settlers on the island and their histories - with good exhibits of marine... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chester, United Kingdom
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Great talk by Anne, good size museum, good variety of exhibits. Explains history of island well... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Southland Region, New Zealand
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9 Ayr Street, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-219 1221
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum deals with the settlers on the island and their histories - with good exhibits of marine life. We had heard of the rare and precious ambergris ( from whale's stomachs) found on some bays and there were specimens on display.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Devaflam
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Great talk by Anne, good size museum, good variety of exhibits. Explains history of island well. Clean & tidy with good shop Knowledgeable friendly staff. Easy to find. Worth a visit

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bionickate2016
Reviewed April 24, 2018

It is well worth spending a little bit of time viewing the many exhibits from this area. The entry price is $2- such good value to see a lot of island history. If the weather is bad - a good place to get out of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Linda C
Reviewed March 25, 2018

Cost was $2 cash per person and the lady at the reception was genuinely helpful and informative. The Museum was a nice reminder of the hardships that island people face and a testament to their heritage. They are building a new museum across the road...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank globaltravel_writer
Reviewed March 8, 2018

Probably the best $2 you'll spend on the island. It's not very big but has some interesting historical photos and artifacts on early island life. Good for a couple hour visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank bailiej757
Reviewed February 9, 2018

This is a small locally maintained museum. It is worth a visit for half an our or so to get a sense of the local history.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank travellingbuzz
Reviewed February 4, 2018

Lots of interesting historical items. friendly and knowledgeble staff. Well worth a visit for the price ($2).

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

Was left wanting a bit more detail about displays and items. Was more of a collection of items than detailed history of the Island. A bit ho hum really.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Antarisha
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Had a little spare time so went to check out the Rakiura Museum. A warm welcome from the volunteer behind the desk and a $2 entry (cash only). It's a fairly small place but it is interesting and has some good insights into the history...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MikeW5601
Reviewed January 13, 2018

The Rakiura Museum is worth a visit so that you can get an idea of the history of this small island. It's inexpensive and won't take you long to look around its 2 main rooms with exhibits. It takes you from the early 19th century...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ArryAwk
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