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Thames Historical Museum

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Address: Corner of Pollen and Cochrane Streets, Grahamstown, Thames, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-868 8509
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13:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00

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History Up Close & Personal

I just loved that you can see the history of Thames & actually touch some of the exhibits. It brings history right into your space, to be able to get close enough to see, smell... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sheryl M
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just loved that you can see the history of Thames & actually touch some of the exhibits. It brings history right into your space, to be able to get close enough to see, smell & almost taste the flavours of the time period. There were so many themed areas too! The sewing table was my fave, the miners hut... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Visiting last summer with my family was a pleasure. It was a good experience learning the history of the area, and perhaps I will visit again when I have children of my own.

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Thank Lyssia S
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

A great local museum, staffed by volunteers and well presented. Gives a wonderful history of the Thames community with ample well laid out displays and a fantastic collection of historical building models locally crafted. We were made to feel very welcome and there was no issue in taking our time, at $5 admission, an inexpensive way to spend an hour... More 

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Thank Dean H
Thames, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

A whole lot of items that I'd never seen before, and lots that I remembered from childhood. Well curated by themes. A little dark and gloomy, nothing better funding couldn't cure.

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Thank Eggettfayeggett
Thames, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Walk back through time in an old fashioned artifact rich museum. The staff know a lot about the history of Thames which is more interesting that you might think. Well worth a stop.

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Thank booandberry
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Supurb small museum which tells the story of the town very well. New gallery of models of old town buildings particularly thought provoking, like being transported back in time. Quite refreshing to see a museum that is updating and telling a living story rather than being stuck in a static display

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Thank Robert B
Riverton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

A real mixture of exhibits made this quite an intriguing museum. The wooden models of buildings were very impressive but the "recreations" of rooms were rather a let down. Judging by the guide we were given, many of the exhibits appeared to have been moved out and this proved to be the case. As we walked along the main street,... More 

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Heathfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

This little place is like Tardis - room opens upon room full of displays of local history. Mock ups of 19th century rooms, displays of farming equipment, lovingly made models of the old main street and its buildings, a wealth of china celebrating the UK royal family, photos of local WW1 casualties etc. We visited on 1st January as folk... More 

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new zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Went for an hour with 5&6 year old. Great staff where happy to share knowledge and show kids the could play with the old wind up gramophone and weigh themselves with old scales kids really enjoyed it.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

We wandered in to shelter from the rain and were fascinated by the well displayed history of Thames origins , boom years and subsequent decline. The exhibits are clearly displayed and the old photos of local characters and families are very interesting. Well worth a visit.

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