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Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise

Opens in 30 min: 09:00 - 16:00
Open today: 09:00 - 16:00
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Nice place to visit

My family and I enjoyed our visit. We thought the food from the cafe was tasty. The staff were very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ann T
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Very helpful staff

It was very impressive and much more inside than expected. A staff member came and talked to us and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sally C
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We are a cultural business incubator and market in the Cook Islands and to bring together the community. Te Ara features a fantastic visual display about the story of the Cook Islands from pre-colonial times, independence in 1965, through to the...more
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| Muri, 0000, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I enjoyed our visit. We thought the food from the cafe was tasty. The staff were very helpful as it was hard to decide what to buy in the gift shop! The exhibition itself was good but we would have liked to...More

Thank Ann T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was very impressive and much more inside than expected. A staff member came and talked to us and explained the local history in a lot of detail. He even gave us a map and recommended other things to do on the island. Would recommend...More

Thank Sally C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is not a lot in there at first impression and did cost $15NZ per person but once you start reading you will be glad you paid. Would recommend you go and visit at the start of your visit to Rarotonga to get an understanding...More

Thank DeborahW2259
Reviewed 23 September 2018

The whole "display" is in one big shed with a whole lot of reading with info that's all available online. The most exciting thing there is the fish tanks, but unless you're skipping the raro snorkeling, you'll see them all in the lagoon. At $15...More

Thank Liz W
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

the museum can be found on the east side in Muri Beach. it is very small and you can see few objects. it is mostly limited to stories / banners on which one must / can read a lot. At the end of the about...More

Thank RichieKC
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Great place, really friendly staff and very knowledgeable about Cook Islands culture and history, including awesome intereactive waka display including traditional voyaging and navigation. Awesome to hear about the renewable/sustainable energy usage and stormwater reuse at the Museum/centre as well as the initiative/s to reduce...More

Thank Climber239295
Reviewed 18 September 2018

There is so much information and cultural history in this museum. We learnt a lot from walking and reading all of the information. It did seem a bit pricy for a small museum though.

Thank EmilyM5115
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Although the $15 admission fee is a bit pricey this museum was far superior to the National Museum we visited later in our stay. It provided a detailed history of the island, it's development and culture with banners, videos and displays and was very informative....More

Thank Twin69
Reviewed 13 September 2018

We could have googled the information and written every thing that was on display in a couple of hours. Very disappointing.

Thank Warrick F
Reviewed 9 September 2018

I read voraciously anyway, so I came with some knowledge, but this small museum (15$ pp admission!) lays out the history of the Cooks using banners, video presentations (you can even watch a bit of The Offshore Pirate, filmed here in the Cooks) and dioramas...More

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