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Surprisingly interesting and full of artefacts

We were travelling past and decided to drop into the library and museum. For the record, I do no... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Takaka, New Zealand

And a pleasant one at that. Many gems to be learned at this museum about the Cook Islands and how... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christopher S
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This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 20 725
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grubby and smelly. Would need gloves to handle the books and you’ll still feel dirty. Huge pile of old newspapers mouldering gently and notices with snarky little messages accusing students of not returning books (they probably fell to pieces or walked away of their own...More

Thank Wuppitt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were travelling past and decided to drop into the library and museum. For the record, I do no like museums and I'm an e-book addict. However, my partner loves researching the local history and in particular the similarities between Cook Island Maori and New...More

Thank SwinnTaylor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And a pleasant one at that. Many gems to be learned at this museum about the Cook Islands and how they fit in with the rest of the world. You'd be surprised.

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful, if you love history and learning about the island, loved it..do your self a favour and go you won’t regret it.

Thank Karen E
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Run by volunteers, they are doing a great job as a source of library reading, and giving those interested a perspective of the history of all the islands making up the Cooks. Also saw locals on internet, a good service! Well done volunteers

Thank Margot P
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

Interesting displays & artefacts, bulletin boards and written information, not in good chronological order for newbies to Rarotonga. However a good basic overview to the islands people's history . We only walked through the library to the smallish museum area, ie. did not linger in...More

Thank Williamsfamily2014
Reviewed June 10, 2018

A very small, cute place. It's up a long drive going pass grave yards which we looked at too. And there were uni students up there also doing tests which we found interesting. There is a beautiful view of the mountains behind the library. There...More

Thank edenlecomte
Reviewed June 6, 2018

If you dont like history or a background to the island history/culture then this is not for you (unless you want to borrow or buy a library book) - BUT if you like to see stuff that no where else has- than here is one...More

Thank Taina S
Reviewed June 4, 2018

South Pacific islands are usually not visited for their history but if you are interested in the 'backstory' and want to be away from the beach for a bit, this is a great place to visit. There's a small, well-stocked library, very friendly staff, and...More

Thank mbaas
Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

We were touring the island, we did not eat at the location, we did not even visit the museum as we have lived in the Pacific for a while now. However, we stopped at the shop, and the staff were so friendly and accommodating, answering...More

Thank Allabout2015
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