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Cook Islands Library & Museum

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Phone Number: 682 20725
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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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Pretty interesting for a wet day

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2016
Kiwigirl06
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Thank Kiwigirl06
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

A great museum with lots lif local cultural information exhibitions and displays. They change the main exhibition frequently so no two visits should be the same.

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Thank Rowan S
Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I very well documented expose of the Cook Island's involvement in the war. Well laid out and documented history of the son's of the island who served, particularly in the Great war,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

A small sample of art and artifacts, well worth a visit as there is some interesting things there (not many) but enough to see the culture. The lady I met was extremely nice and spent some time talking to me about some history also there are some great books there.

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Thank Sandraleelovering
Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Beautiful carvings, but the library and museum complex, while sound infrastructure, desperately needs funds for new furniture, book organisation, and cleaning, which means AC and an air filter to preserve the books. Excellent, albeit disordered, collection of ethnobotanical literature, good on Tahiti, and many remote islands, like Rotuma, the Futunas, etc. Just needs a healthy injection of cash.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

We were a bit disappointed that the museum had so little information on the history of the cooks. There were some Waka models and historic flags and not much else. A local said we would be underwhelmed and that describes it perfectly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

Great little museum, only small. So a short visit is fine. Lots of old photos and artifacts which provides an insight into the history of the island. $5 admission

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