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What a great local meseum.

This place is amazing- for the young and old. Lots to see and do- with changing displays. 2 min... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
debrag114
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
via mobile
Great little collection

Not a huge collection, but both the wildlife/nature section and the Māori taonga were very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
GRChang
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Auckland, New Zealand
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1 Ariki Street | Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4620, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is amazing- for the young and old. Lots to see and do- with changing displays. 2 min walk to main street or shopping centre. Paid parking around the area. Gift shop on site with some lovely ideas.

Thank debrag114
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a huge collection, but both the wildlife/nature section and the Māori taonga were very interesting and had some unique and different exhibits. Only complaint was that sometimes the signage was hard to match with the displays.

Thank GRChang
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take time to visit this museum and library for it will be well worth it. It's free entry and has plenty for everyone. There's great local history and knowledge, the current exhibition on the Permian Monsters is brilliant. With moving exhibits and hands on activities...More

Thank andrew p
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Totally amazed by the current exhibit, pre-dinosaur time. Well thought out, enough information to be appealing but not overwhelming. Maori exhibit upstairs was wonderful.. the whole place just works well on so many levels in.cudimg helpful folk in the I-site.

Thank christinec135
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

If you have time well worth a look and take the walkway to the adjoining art gallery. The info centre in this complex so nice and central to the coastal walkway and cafes.

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 23 July 2018

I took a friend of mine to see Puke Ariki and she was very impressed with it I would recommend everyone to go and see it. The story of Taranaki is fantastic. I love going there to fill in time and it's also very peaceful....More

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Great exhibit on the Permian period. 90% extinction rate 290 million years ago. Some awesome activities for the kids too with fossil digs and interactive screen.

Thank Markyparknz
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Great museum, watched a dinosaur movie and loved the dinosaur exhibit! A place like this should have a parents room though for breast feeding and easier nappy changes.

Thank shazza1985
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Fabulous museum telling the history of Taranaki from both the Maori and European perspective. Some wonderful carvings to view. Not huge place but covers a wide range of topics and well displayed

Thank Milly_Molly_Mandy63
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Very good for local history. Great displays and easy to get around. Close to city centre and walkway.

Thank bob19472016
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