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Cook Islands Library & Museum

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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+682 20 725
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This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts...

This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.

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so from the time we entered the library the lady who greeted us was full of information and very friendly . at the museum it was interesting but a little small and had things in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
gabbystanden
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Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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Arizona
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots to see, but crowded into a small section of the building. Hot and humid inside, of course. Voluntary contribution box. Informative and educational. Probably spend a minimum of an hour browsing through.

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Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

so from the time we entered the library the lady who greeted us was full of information and very friendly . at the museum it was interesting but a little small and had things in there that came from other counties that i my self though it was not part of the cook island culture

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Wellington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

What can I say. We were all keen to visit the museum, learn about the Cook Islands etc and the Museum was closed from Mid December till 22nd January. What a waste! Perfect time to earn some money with donations from tourists and it was closed - disappointing.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

This was the better of the 2 museums in Avarua. Lots of displays and information jammed into a very small, cramped room - time for an extension or a review of the displays I think. Not the friendliest of welcomes by the staff working there, not really interested in talking about the displays or the museum. Maps, photos, artifacts, a... More 

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Matakana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

They were in the middle of doing a new exhibition and a lot of artefacts didn't have any description it was Wood and Carving they have some amazing pieces and overall we enjoyed looking around.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

I just dropped in on my island tour.Not that a tourist attraction. Good place for the use of locals. If you have time pop in for a look.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

We just wandered in, not knowing there was a small admission charge. Once that was rectified, we continued to wander through the exhibits, learning more about the history and culture.

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Thank E N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

Museums and libraries are of course great places to gain knowledge and the museum had loads of historical artifacts and information pertaining to Cook Island war veterans.." We will remember them"

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

A very informative and well put together museum pieces showcasing the cook islands history and well worth the visit to learn about their culture and they have books for sale as well.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

This is a small museum-really just one room, but there's a variety of interesting displays including canoe (vaka) prows, assorted weapons and costumes, and historic photos of ariki and other scenes of 19th and early 20th century Rarotonga. There was a war exhibition here when I went as well. The museum curator is friendly and informative.

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