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Waikato Museum

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Informative and well-maintained museum

My family and I visited the Waikato museum on a rainy afternoon and it was a pleasant way to spend... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
SMT611
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Singapore, Singapore
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Worth the detour

We walked here from the botanic gardens - it's a great museum. Very interesting Maori section... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nicola B
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Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, this world-class museum is the artistic and cultural heart of the Waikato.Visit us to experience the stories of our art, history...more
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family and I visited the Waikato museum on a rainy afternoon and it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. The museum is well-maintained with a good range of exhibitions. In particular, we enjoyed the exhibition on Maori culture, WW1 memories as well...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank SMT611
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked here from the botanic gardens - it's a great museum. Very interesting Maori section particularly the information on the night sky. The WW1 exhibition was very well done - a real human touch. The staff were very friendly. We didn't have time to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 12 November 2018

Awesome section for kids. Heaps for them to play with and really friendly staff. We spent about 3 hours there, and could've easily spent a few more.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Liz W
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Liz, We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with your kids here! Looking forward to seeing you back again soon :) Ngaa mihi, Jens.

Reviewed 11 November 2018

We did not have a lot of time to spend here so just saw the Maori carvings and war canoe and the very interesting WW1 exhibit. I have seen a lot of these exhibits over the years and like most of the others viewing the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David S
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, What lovely feedback to receive, David. Thanks so much for visiting and for taking your time to explore these important parts of our history and culture through our exhibitions. We hope to see you back soon. Ngaa mihi, Jens.

Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

I recently visited this museum and it was a great experience. The museum was free to enter and very informative. There were exhibits on local Maori culture, New Zealand's involvement in WWI, the Southern Lights and Maori New Year. The installation on the Southern Lights...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

Kia ora mrlukenik, Thank you so much for your kind words. Lovely to hear that you had a great experience here and that our exhibitions provoked some thoughts in you. Your feedback is much appreciated. We hope to see you back soon! Ngaa mihi, Jens

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Visited to fill in time as it was raining. A bit disappointed as it is more of an art gallery that a museum. Not much there as such. The war and native maori sections were good though. Probably wouldn't visit again.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We have 3 very active kids under 7, so a rainy day on a weekend brings impending dread. Fear not fellow parents the museum has some great activities for the kids across the ages.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DavidW12936
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator, Takawaenga Kawe Reo at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Thanks David, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 25 September 2018

This museum offers a variety of exhibits in its 13 galleries. I enjoyed a huge Maori canoe, a tribute to fallen soldiers, costumes inspired by Jane Austin, Maori cosmology, photos of old Hamilton, and innovative art.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robert D
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator, Takawaenga Kawe Reo at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

Thanks Robert, we're glad you enjoyed your visit. Dan.

Reviewed 25 September 2018

A nice way of enjoying an afternoon by visiting the museum. My favourite section was the ANZAC section. Informative and interactive exhibition were you can spend a lot time without realising it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Spent an afternoon roaming around! There was some great things on display! Really liked the WW1 exhibition which included the stories of fallen soldiers from the region! The Tom Scott collaboration exhibition was amazing! Really thought provoking! For a free entry museum I was really...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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