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Waikato Museum

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Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
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+64 7-838 6606
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 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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Glad we went,found it very interesting and enlighting. There is no entrance fee, which is a change from most places.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012

Glad we went,found it very interesting and enlighting. There is no entrance fee, which is a change from most places.

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Hawaiian Islands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

Check it out, small but we learned a lot. The waka was unreal !!! There is a need to have more to see, spent 15mins and saw it all.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

(Visited November 2010) This is one of the under-reviewed attractions in Hamilton, so I'm submitting this overdue review from my visit there at the end of November 2010. I spent a couple of hours enjoying the very informative and educational Waikato Museum. I learned so much about the history of the Waikato Maori as well as a history of the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

Really interesting history of Hamilton and Waikato, Beautiful canoe. The art was great as well. Could have easily stayed longer

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Te Kauwhata, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

Our grandkids always want to go here if we are in Hamilton on a wet day (or the Hamilton Zoo or Hamilton Gardens if it's fire). They "run" from one interactive display to the next, learning a bit of science on the way. Though a few exhibit are a bit " worn" from enthusiastic use - what can you expect.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

I love this museum. I have been there twice (and I don't even live in New Zealand!) There are always wonderful art exhibits, photography, painting, etc. But the highlight for me is the gorgeous war canoe and the wonderful Maori carvings. Most of the museum is free - there are some special paid engagements, and it is worth it -... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

went to Joan Fears art exhibit- a romp through various periods of her painting. Revisited the Maori canoe and photo section excellent.

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Thank karin s
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

kids loved it. The museum is very well kept and has a tonne of activities for younger kids, older kids and adults alike. Great as a wet weather outing and kept the 2 & 4 year olds engaged for 2 hours. Parking is limited and there should be more exit points other than the entrance. Staff are friendly and helpful.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

Happily spent a wet afternoon here, only the special exhibitions cost anything. Otherwise all free.

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Auckland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

Overall the place was easy to find,helpful staff,good things to see there and spend time on.Both of us recommend these to all

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