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A truly interesting museum.

Not a dusty fusty experience this! A delightful experience of early Whitianga displayed in a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Wurfit
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Tauranga
Lovely Museum

Found out lots I didn’t know about the area. Well worth the money. Take cash as they don’thave... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kangerooexpress
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Sydney
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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11A Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Not a dusty fusty experience this! A delightful experience of early Whitianga displayed in a fascinating way to catch and hold your attention. One of the best small museums yet!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wurfit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found out lots I didn’t know about the area. Well worth the money. Take cash as they don’thave Credit card facilities.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kangerooexpress
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set in an old dairy factory this showcases the history of the area very well. I found it very interesting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 111shiwa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When everyone from Te Papa to MOTAT is heading in the direction of perspex edu-tech, it is refreshing to find a museum that is keeping it real. If you like taxidermy, replications of old classrooms, and misspelled signs then Mercury Bay Museum is the place...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TeamIan
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

Its not big. Took about 15min to see. Its about local history and not a lot happened here. Not a lot more to say

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jan V
Reviewed 7 October 2018

I love some local history, and was delighted to see this place. $7.50 isn't unreasonable, for this well kept and well thought out slice of Whitianga's place in kiwi history. Would be a great rainy day activity for kids as well. Really lovely little museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank trudijoy
Reviewed 6 October 2018

This is a little hidden gem. There was so much to see inside and well displayed, low price entry for what you get; lots of history and great information on the local area. Definitely worth a few hours visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ivan R
Reviewed 19 September 2018

We spent about an hour in the small museum reading all the cards appertaining to the displays. Gave a good insight into the area and James Cooks' association with it. Loved the Bach room at the end. I didn't even know what a Bach was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paula L
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We only had a short time to call into the museum but had heard a lot about it. Very informative museum of local history. A lot of beautiful artefacts and interactive items. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 11Annette11
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Have now visited this museum three times and probably will go again as it has such a wide variety of themes that depict and inform of the local area. There is so much to see and read, it warrants more than one visit.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank sallywk
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