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Waikato Museum

1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6606
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Was good to break up the day. The children 2&4 enjoyed the kids room and all the fun interactive... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
alveadventures
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Good Museum

Medium size museum, and definitely cannot be compared with Te Papa Museum in size and collections... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
santo t
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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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  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“maori canoe” (11 reviews)
“bob marley” (6 reviews)
“maori culture” (15 reviews)
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1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was good to break up the day. The children 2&4 enjoyed the kids room and all the fun interactive things on display. Would have loved to visit Eurika, war and matariki exhibits without the kids so I could take my time and take it all...More

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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thanks so much for your kind words. Happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit :) Hope to see you back soon! Ngaa mihi, Jens

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Medium size museum, and definitely cannot be compared with Te Papa Museum in size and collections, however it is quite good museum. There is a section of Maori displays, such as waka, wood carvings on the wall, King Maori photos, and then the section of...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

I hadn't been here for a while and this visit wasn't as good as some in the past. Part of the problem was having school groups there. This made it difficult to enjoy the displays. Some of the ways the displays were set up also...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

The museum had 5 floors of exhibits on everything from the Maori culture to a large section devoted to the area men who fought in Egypt, Gallipoli and Palestine during World War I. Best of all it was free.

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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Daryl, Thanks so much for taking your time to giving us this feedback. Hope to see you back soon! Ngaa mihi, Jens

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

A cool little museum to visit. Not overly large but it is definitely worth a visit. Carvings are unbelievable. So much delicate workmanship has gone into the these. Always something to see and read. Great for young and old. Definitely recommend.

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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Kia ora Melia, Thanks so much for your visit! We hope to see you back soon. Ngaa Mihi, Jens

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Perfect for a morning - we saw the ANZAC display and floating architecture whimsy (not sure of the name) and meant to go back for the Archimedes exhibition but ran out of time. Very friendly staff, excellent little museum.

Thank Kristinanna
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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Thanks so much for your visit, Kristianna. We really appreciate your feedback. And the exhibition you are thinking of must be 'Future Islands'. Ngaa mihi, Jens.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Special exhibits of the work of Archimedes along with a free exhibit of world war one in tremedous detail and information about the Maori histry of the region made it a fascinating time. Their website has lots of info on what is showing.

Thank Geoff B
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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Kia ora, Geoff. Thanks so much for this wonderful review. We really appreciate your feedback and we hope to see you back again soon :) Ngaa mihi, Jens

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a look; interesting and relatively interactive. Good location but parking can be difficult if it’s busy.

1  Thank Family4Perth
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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We stopped in Hamilton for lunch and dropped into the museum afterwards. I particularly liked the Maori war canoe and the carvings. There was also a moving World War One exhibition about the participating soldiers from the Hamilton region. Entry is free. The staff were...More

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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Kia ora Nyonya, Thanks so much for visiting. And thank you also for taking your time to write this review - much appreciated. Will pass on your compliments to our staff. Ngaa mihi, Jens

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Visited the museum for the first time in years. The world war 1 and Maori exhibitions were the highlights. A great place to reflect on our place in NZ history.

Thank will C
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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Kia ora Will, Thanks so much for this feedback. Great to hear that you had a good Museum experience. Ngaa mihi, Jens

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