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Waikato Museum

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Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
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10:00 - 17:00
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Haere mai and welcome to Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Situated...

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, culture and science through an inspirational programme which seeks to challenge and inspire. Open daily 10am-5pm.

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Ever changing, always interesting

Friendly staff greet you and are happy to recommend areas to visit if you have limited time. The space itself is beautiful with views of the river and the exhibitions are changed... read more

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Waikato
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Friendly staff greet you and are happy to recommend areas to visit if you have limited time. The space itself is beautiful with views of the river and the exhibitions are changed regularly. Sadly the cafe that was adjoining has closed down and the shop much smaller than it used to be, still well worth a visit.

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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not really a must-see. Some attractions (which are the better ones) have fees. Great stuff about maori culture and traditions.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Two amazing displays on Pachendale first world war battle where NZ lost the hugest number per capita than any other nation during the first day of this battle. Also the display of NZ Police photos of the Christchurch earthquake was traumatic yet awe inspiring. There was also an interesting display of NZ Tourism advertising posters from the early 1940's through... More 

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Thank Peter K
JensLoeg, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora Peter, Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing our Museum. Hope to see you back one day! Ngaa mihi, Jens More 

Saint Hyacinthe, Canada
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72 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here with our two kids in May, expecting a free visit. However, the free part of the museum is not very interesting. We were obliged to buy a "small" family pass (1 adult and two kids) plus a full adult ticket for nearly $50 in order to access the whole museum. The science exhibit consists of a Mariocart... More 

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WaikatoMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora Gary, we're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit with us. All the best for the rest of your travels, Waikato Museum More 

Opotiki, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to visit the museum twice and each time I have been really impressed with the exhibitions, narratives and overall lay out of each area. The staff were very helpful. I will visit again next time I visit Hamilton and is well worth the visit. I can't remember when I last visited however, I think it was Nov... More 

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JensLoeg, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora Omaio, Thanks so much for this wonderful review. Sounds like you might be due another visit soon! Ngaa mihi, Waikato Museum More 

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441 reviews
189 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go if only for the waka: "a war canoe". That alone is worth the visit. However, this museum is beautifully positioned above the river (with great views), has a stimulating narrative and objects associated with the history of the first inhabitants and subsequent arrivals, wars and treaties... and of course the relationship with the British Empire and its wars are... More 

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Thank David S
JensLoeg, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora David, Thanks so much for this wonderful review - you obviously enjoyed your visit! Ngaa mihi, Jens More 

Lyon, France
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53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very interesting place in hamilton the entrance is free the maori place is very beautiful and the expo for ww1 very interesting too

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Thank virginie223
JensLoeg, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora Virginie223! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again one day! Cheers. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just recently visited the free sites in the museum. Christchurch Earthquake photography exhibition and WW1 exhibition related to the Waikato was very touching. Great display for Matariki and a light show & story telling of how light came to be on earth. The museum overlooks the great Waikato river.

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Thank Daniella F
JensLoeg, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora Daniella, We are happy to see that you enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to host you again one day. Ngaa Mihi, Jens More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 22 April 2017

It is a small museum but i well worth a visit if you find yourself in the Tron on a wet day. it has some cool Maori exhibits and a very interesting selection of photographs documenting the Christchurch earthquake and aid efforts.

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Thank OpinionatedBrit
JensLoeg, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora, A wet day in the Tron is definitely a great museum day! Thanks for visiting! Ngaa mihi, Jens More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Have been often to this facility, most recently to a free recital by top musicians. With art and history well represented by changing exhibitions it is an excellent introduction to the Waikato region. The recently restored wake is superb. Something of interest for all age groups.

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Thank Katieclem46
JensLoeg, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia Ora Katie, Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you for another Musical Feast in near future! Ngaa mihi, Jens More 

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