Waikato Museum

Waikato Museum, Hamilton: Hours, Address, Waikato Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Waikato Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Haere mai! Welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Perched above the mighty Waikato River, this world-class museum and art gallery is the artistic and cultural heart of the Waikato. Visit us to experience visual stories and guided activities that bring our art, history, culture and science to life through an inspirational programme that aims to challenge and inspire you. Open daily 10am-5pm.
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Alice K
Opua, New Zealand238 contributions
Very nice museum
Feb 2021 • Couples
Very well done, great way to spend a rainy day. The where children sleep exhibit was very moving. Very informative of the history of the area.
Written 24 February 2021
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batchhen2017
Timaru, New Zealand93 contributions
Beautiful art
Feb 2021
Enjoyed strolling through he museum to see the artefacts and art works on display. enjoyed the clean and tidy atmosphere, helpful staff if needing to know anything.
Written 14 February 2021
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Elaine Yeoh
Auckland, New Zealand590 contributions
Free entry to most of the museum!
Dec 2020
A nice museum to visit whilst in Hamilton because whilst we were there the entry was free except for one section which was for kids.

Good insight into Maori culture, traditions and their interactions with the pakeha that lead to the events post signing of the treaty. Also interesting art and sculptural exhibits featuring iconic local NZ artists.
Written 10 December 2020
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Mark Begbie
Tauranga, New Zealand146 contributions
Really enjoyed it
Dec 2020 • Family
The section on the development of Hamilton was especially good. We can't to it last and added an hour onto the visit so we could do it justice. Support friendly and helpful staff.
Written 6 December 2020
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Sivasankar Sivapragasam
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia53 contributions
Best Museum experience
Nov 2020
Waikato Museum has delivered its reputation as the best museum in Hamilton. Great for in-depth information on certain displays. It was one of my best experiences while sightseeing at the Waikato Museum.
Written 16 November 2020
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Ann N
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
A must-go place in Hamilton
Sep 2020
The museum is taken care pretty well. Also, The museum is FREE for everyone, which is really nice. We were welcomed by the host/receptionist who was very approachable, professional and helpful. There are so many beautiful artworks and interesting facts in many sections within the museum. It's a perfect spot for families with kids or anyone who are interested in Hamilton's history.
Written 27 September 2020
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YvonnePapamoa
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand405 contributions
not too big!
Aug 2020
lovely 2 hours in here, some good exhibitions, plenty on the local history including coal - not everything in Hamilton is about cows!. only the special dinosaur exhibition was paid entry.
Written 26 August 2020
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RichTank1962
Wellington, New Zealand37 contributions
Bicultural development of the region
Aug 2020
I really like the museum basing its work on the narrative of the development of the region, including (and not consigning to a historical oddity) the tangata whenua, alongside the arrival of settlers from afar. The waka is amazing, again, alongside its story and its gifting.
Written 20 August 2020
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Genn S
Hamilton, New Zealand65 contributions
Perfect for young kids (has an indoor playground/activity area)
Jul 2020 • Family
I like this place so much that I got an annual membership for it.

The museum itself is only quite small, so if you’re going as an adult you might only need half a day to look around it, but if you’re going with children, particularly young children, then pay the $6 and go to the Excite area: there are a tonne of cool activities and games for kids to play, which makes for a perfect wet weather option, or if you want to go somewhere warm in the winter or air conditioned in the summer!
Written 19 July 2020
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davey
3 contributions
Rip off for children
Jul 2020 • Family
The only place i have ever visited where the entry fee is dearer for children than for adults.
When we enquired about why it is dearer for children than for adults we were told that it tends to be just 1 adult that turns up with quite a few children in tow.
The display was more for children than for adults so charging more for children is just blatantly cashing in.
OBVIOUSLY not a child friendly place if they think children should pay more than adults.
Written 17 July 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waikato Museum

Waikato Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM