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“Great museum!”

National Army Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Waiouru
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Owner description: The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Great museum if you like military stuffs and history. It wasn't as big as the war museum in Canberra Aust, but it's contents and displays are still impressive. Amazing range of small arms and some full sized WW2 era vehicles. THere's even a Sherman tank! NOrmal folks spend 1hrs in it. But i do recommend spending at 2-3hrs if u're into military stuffs.

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Reviewed November 21, 2013

I wish we had found this early in the day for I could have spent the entire day there. It has to be the most complete display of history I have ever seen. If you want to know anything about the military history this is the place for you. It would be a big mistake to miss this one.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We took our 3 young boys here on our way to the mountain mainly so they could play on the tanks - which there are plenty of! The museum itself didn't disappoint either - a bargain at only $30 for a family pass and a "treasure hunt" for the kids thrown in, which our 5 year old really got into. The exhibits were beautifully displayed, interesting and well thought out - I would have loved to have spent more time there, you could easily pass a couple of hours. Staff were friendly and very family-focused which was an added bonus. Only downside worth noting was the limited bathroom facilities, the only baby change area was in the disabled toilet and was quite awkward to use.

Thank gypsynita
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

A very comprehensive museum with a lot to see both upstairs and downstairs. There are many unique and interesting exhibits including one of the eight scarves that Queen Victoria crocheted for presentation to members of the Colonial Forces upstairs.

The tent downstairs really brought home some of the harsh reality of war.

I found the Stag Spooner exhibit particularly interesting, the envelopes he posted home were very artistic telling a story of their own.

Mike Harold's art work was excellent also and his oil paintings told their own stories.

The Kids zone looked fun, although we did not have children with us. There was an area where they could dress up in the gear and there were games they could play.

We also noticed school aged children with clipboards looking out for particular things as they walked around the museum and they seemed to be engaged in what they were doing and enjoying it, as well as learning along the way.

For the $15 entry fee it was excellent value and really worthwhile visiting.

Thank Hokeypokeysue
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

On a wet day when the ski field was closed we took our family group [4 yr old to 59 yr old] to the museum for lunch at the cafe and an afternoon of wandering around the displays. The cafe lunch was a little bit pricey but not bad considering it is part of a national tourist site. Food was fresh, hot and well presented. Loved their little chip baskets - the kids thought they were 'way cool'. Considering the differences in ages, I was pleasantly surprised at how much time we ended up spending in the museum, expecting the smaller children to be quickly bored. None of us were, we were all fascinated by the clearly mounted displays and the variety of equipment and information. Being the 'oldie' in the group I spent a bit of time seeking out the names of relatives [in the roll of honour] who had served and enjoying the opportunity to have their names read out. The highlight for the children was being allowed to climb on the huge tank outside. Even the wet and windy conditions couldn't stop the smiles as they eventually clambered back down.
All in all, a great few hours for our family, reminiscing, remembering long lost loved ones and implanting in the younger generation how important the value of service to our country was and still is.

Thank kiwicowgirl
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