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“Tired exhibits, but one of few places to see genuine tivaevae” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cook Islands Library & Museum

Cook Islands Library & Museum
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Avarua
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Owner description: This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Tired exhibits, but one of few places to see genuine tivaevae”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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299 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Modest Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

There's not a lot to see in this museum but to be sure, there are a number of items of interest, including a Royal Visit or two. There is an original Union Jack flag which frightened off the French, quite a gem! We felt that our entry fee might have made a small contribution towards an upgrade, which would be good for this establishment.

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Don M
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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Quirky”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

This was a nice surprise. The museum is housed in the library which brings back nostalgic days of catalog cards and the likes. The museum is basic but does have some nice exhibits. Worth visiting!

Visited July 2013
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2 Thank lxchin
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Clay City, Kentucky
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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Interesting artifacts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

The National Museum of the Cook Islands gives you a look into the history of all of the Cook Islands, not just Rarotonga. It is small but full of interesting artifacts, from paintings to tools to traditional clothing. There are cases for each of the Northern Cook Islands and all have artifacts from each island. It is a place to visit if you want to see into the past of the locals.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank halleagles92
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Maitland, Australia
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67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

not a lot of things in the museum, some of the information is repeated they could do a lot more to inform you about the Cook Islands

Visited June 2013
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3 Thank Graeme G
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