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Cook Islands Library & Museum

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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+682 20 725
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This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts...

This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.

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Pretty interesting for a wet day

This is a small museum-really just one room, but there's a variety of interesting displays including canoe (vaka) prows, assorted weapons and costumes, and historic photos of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 June 2016
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

This is a small museum-really just one room, but there's a variety of interesting displays including canoe (vaka) prows, assorted weapons and costumes, and historic photos of ariki and other scenes of 19th and early 20th century Rarotonga. There was a war exhibition here when I went as well. The museum curator is friendly and informative.

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Thank Kiwigirl06
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

A great museum with lots lif local cultural information exhibitions and displays. They change the main exhibition frequently so no two visits should be the same.

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Thank Rowan S
Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

I very well documented expose of the Cook Island's involvement in the war. Well laid out and documented history of the son's of the island who served, particularly in the Great war,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

A small sample of art and artifacts, well worth a visit as there is some interesting things there (not many) but enough to see the culture. The lady I met was extremely nice and spent some time talking to me about some history also there are some great books there.

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Thank Sandraleelovering
Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Beautiful carvings, but the library and museum complex, while sound infrastructure, desperately needs funds for new furniture, book organisation, and cleaning, which means AC and an air filter to preserve the books. Excellent, albeit disordered, collection of ethnobotanical literature, good on Tahiti, and many remote islands, like Rotuma, the Futunas, etc. Just needs a healthy injection of cash.

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Thank RealJourneyseeker
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

We were a bit disappointed that the museum had so little information on the history of the cooks. There were some Waka models and historic flags and not much else. A local said we would be underwhelmed and that describes it perfectly

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Thank Sarah4Travels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Great little museum, only small. So a short visit is fine. Lots of old photos and artifacts which provides an insight into the history of the island. $5 admission

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Thank jennifer c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Fantastic stop over, great staff, a lot to discover about the polynesian culture nd some beautiful original canoes from puka puka

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Mt Martha, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

The museum is well worth a visit for historical information. It is a little out of the way, but well worth tracking down.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

(Note, picture TA provides has nothing to do with this attraction). Great place to learn the basics about Cook Island history and some culture. Some great artefacts.

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Thank sheldon m

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