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“Interesting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Russell Museum

Russell Museum
Ranked #5 of 24 things to do in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Russell Museum tells the story of the development of Russell / Kororareka, from a small Maori fishing village, to a port of call for visiting ships and whalers to today's tourist town. Among the museum collections is Maori taonga including a small waka (canoe), a one-fifth scale model of Captain Cook's Endeavour, an original whaleboat and mementos of game fisherman, Zane Grey. Enjoy watching the DVD of historic Russell and see the exhibitions that are on display in the gallery. We hope you enjoy your visit. The Museum gift shop features a wide range of special gifts, souvenirs and books. The Russell Museum operates as a registered charity and does not receive any funding for operational expenses. The Museum is self funded by the entrance fee, research charges and profits from the Museum shop.
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

We enjoyed finding out a bit more about the early residents of Russell. It was good to have lots of photos of the people as well as various relics of the past. The replica of Captain Cooks ship was very good too. My only disappointment was in the tiny area to view the film. We had to wait some time before we could get within viewing distance which I think would have put some people off.

Visited February 2013
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Auckland, NZ
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156 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Interesting but could be better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

Mum and Dad enjoyed it - but really the kids are used to their education being a little more interactive these days. Nice, but old fashioned museum

Visited January 2013
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Stockholm, sweden
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

Very compact and informative museum on the history of Russel from maori times until now. Also guidance to historic walks.

Visited December 2012
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Hawera, New Zealand
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96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Collection of all things Russell”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

We thought Russell Museum was ok, but a bit lacklustre. The good parts were the museum's fantastic model of Captain Cook's Endeavour and some interactive elements that are entertaining for children such as a convict's ball and chain that you can pick up to feel the weight of and an old magistrate's chair from Russell that you can sit in. There is a also a video about Russell (though it seems some years old) and some interesting family heirlooms behind glass as part of a current exhibition. No photography is allowed in the museum.

Visited January 2013
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nothing spectacular”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013 via mobile

This museum was not particularly interesting. I think I could have learned more about the town itself from Wikipedia than I did from the museum but I didn't mind paying an entry fee to help maintain the heritage of the town. Most of the exhibits are about Maori history generally, not Russell's history in particular.

Thank Lebeq
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