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Waikato Museum

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Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
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+64 7-838 6606
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated...

Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, this world-class museum is the artistic and cultural heart of the Waikato.Visit us to experience the stories of our art, history, culture and science through an inspirational programme which seeks to challenge and inspire. Open daily 10am-5pm.

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Great museum for kids and adults alive

Whilst my kids were entertained by the kids' section which was very educational, fun and interactive, I was mesmerised by the displays on Maori history and WW1 with actual display... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst my kids were entertained by the kids' section which was very educational, fun and interactive, I was mesmerised by the displays on Maori history and WW1 with actual display of soldiers' letters/memorabilia.. for those who love modern art, there are quite a display as well!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some of the exhibitions were quite well presented. However it felt more like a gallery than a museum, and some "galleries" were really rather inappropriate for a city's main museum in my opinion. One was some sort of modern/conceptual art competition and another was a high school dress design project exhibition. Some of the exhibitions, such as the Maori and... More 

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Thank Kristina K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved the cano and the wood art crafts of Moaori history. There was and exhibition about WW1-victims too. Very friendly staff and some nice gifts in the shop. We spend 1,5 hours in this museum. It was worth it going to Hamilton to visit it.

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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tere are several very interesting displays at present, the one on Maori history and culture is very notable in the way it is presented, the First World War section is both moving and uplifting. The display of marionettes is very good, whilst upstairs there is a very detailed exhibition on Bob Marley. Well worth a visit.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great (paid) kids section. very interactive display. We always get the quiz sheet from the front desk and the kids will run around finding the answers. There are range of activities for kids of all ages. Great place to entertain the kids especially in the school holiday

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WW1 and the effects on the people of Waikato; puppets and marionettes; Bob Marley; Matariki; Maori and Tainui; ... The Waikato Museum has a wide and varied range of displays, which allow for visitors to explore as in depth as they wish. The displays are well set out and accessible to all ages

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Ridgewood, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Waikato Museum is right on the river in the center of town. After parking along the river, we came to the entrance plaza at a time when the large fountain was running. To me, it looked like a children's toy in bright colored plastic rings. The water circulates every 15 minutes and gives a unique character to the entrance.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped off in Hamilton to break our journey and what a pleasant surprise it was. Some of the better known museums around the world could learn a thing or two from this museum. I was interested in their history of the First World War. They have a gallery dedicated to the role the citizens of Hamilton played during WW1.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We go here regularly but only go to the the two kids area. Our girls are 4 and love how interactive everything is. We could easily spend 3+ hours making faint Lego cars, playing on the go cart games, drawing and so much more. The lower floor offers a lot of educational stuff relating to gardening and sustainability. The girls... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This museum has a very broad range of displays. From marionettes to Maori art and religion. It sits right ok the river walk so the two can be enjoyed together.

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