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Waikato Museum

1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6606
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Wide range of informative displays

WW1 and the effects on the people of Waikato; puppets and marionettes; Bob Marley; Matariki; Maori... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Diverse collection

The Waikato Museum is right on the river in the center of town. After parking along the river, we... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
Ridgewood, NJ
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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, culture and science through an inspirational programme which seeks to challenge and inspire. Open daily 10am-5pm.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Grantham Street, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6606
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

WW1 and the effects on the people of Waikato; puppets and marionettes; Bob Marley; Matariki; Maori and Tainui; ... The Waikato Museum has a wide and varied range of displays, which allow for visitors to explore as in depth as they wish. The displays are...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2017

The Waikato Museum is right on the river in the center of town. After parking along the river, we came to the entrance plaza at a time when the large fountain was running. To me, it looked like a children's toy in bright colored plastic...More

1  Thank NJTravellingfool
Reviewed 2 January 2017

We stopped off in Hamilton to break our journey and what a pleasant surprise it was. Some of the better known museums around the world could learn a thing or two from this museum. I was interested in their history of the First World War....More

Thank Litoria2015
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We go here regularly but only go to the the two kids area. Our girls are 4 and love how interactive everything is. We could easily spend 3+ hours making faint Lego cars, playing on the go cart games, drawing and so much more. The...More

Thank Nicki H
Reviewed 30 November 2016

This museum has a very broad range of displays. From marionettes to Maori art and religion. It sits right ok the river walk so the two can be enjoyed together.

Thank randyman050
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Like many of new Zealand's museums and galleries this is a first class effort and worth the effort. The predominance of local displays is a little repetitious but is highly informative and educational. we were only traveling through and are pleased we had the opportunity...More

Thank caruthers2016
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Hamilton Museum is located right in the city overlooking the river. It is modern, well laid out and one of the more interesting museums I have visited in NZ. Very interesting Maori history represented here

Thank ruzzy123
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

Hi ruzzy123, thanks for taking the time to review the museum, glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 19 October 2016

supper place for school hol and weekends for the family lot to see for big kids and all the family need time to look around good price and good larding as well we had a fun day out

Thank PDM L
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is not a bad place to fill in an hour or two. It is free although you can pay for extras. We found the WWI and WWII history very interesting and informative. I think that a visit here is worth it. The museum is...More

1  Thank Nevillelea
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The Waikato Museum is a great place to visit all year/season round. There 's always interesting exhibits, artwork, talks, events and children's programme on throughout the year. Its varied educational, cultural, historical, and aesthetic displays is suited for visitors of all ages. During the school...More

Thank moonlotus18
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