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“Absolutely amazing !”
Review of Tawhiti Museum

Tawhiti Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Hawera
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tawhiti MuseumWidely acclaimed as one of the most innovative museums in New Zealand, Tawhiti uses life size exhibits and scale models to capture the past in a series of super-realistic displays. All the displays – including the life size figures created from moulds cast from real people – are designed and built on the premises. Whether the subject is shipping, farming, railways, or just a small corner of a colonial kitchen, the attention given to research and detail is the same. “I hope my enthusiasm for local history comes through the displays. I’m particularly aware of drawing children into our exhibits – they mustn’t feel museums are old buildings, full of old dusty junk. Historical display should be exciting and relevant – I’m always looking for more creative ways of making it just that” Nigel Ogle.
Reviewed November 7, 2011

The amount of detail and work Nigel Ogle has put into this museum, exhibits, dioramas, wax models etc is absolutely amazing. We ran out of time to look at everything so don't make the mistake of thinking you can nip round quickly, it's too detailed to glance over everything and not give it the attention it deserves. The photos on the website do not do it justice, go and have a look for yourself. Brilliant !

Thank Kiwibabe
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Our friend from Auckland had never been to this museum so we took her as a trea. This museum is absoluetly awesome and very good with all details. Takes you back in time with some very fond memories. The " Whalers and Traders" is an absolute must see.An excellent tourist attraction.

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