Very modest little museum. Some very interesting artefacts, to be sure, but the displays look like they haven't changed in about 40 years. I mainly visited because I was keen to see some genuine tivaevae, the traditional Cook Islands quilts. There were four on display when I visited, they were beautiful, and it was worth going to see them because of my particular interest in the subject.
Otherwise, I'd recommend the museum mainly just for history buffs and the like. For natural history and with kids you'd be better off heading to the Whale and Wildlife Centre on the outskirts of town.
$5 to get in, photographs not allowed, and you'll be done in an hour.
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