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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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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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Dead friendly staff ,very relaxed place ,so much to see ,the long boar fascinated me so intricate in the details if you get the chance pop in its well worth it .

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
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Dagenham, United Kingdom
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

It has some pieces to look at but is too small and not enough things to look at which is a shame because I think so much more could be added. They do run some good expo for kids though which I have been to with my kids inthe past.

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Dagenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Dead friendly staff ,very relaxed place ,so much to see ,the long boar fascinated me so intricate in the details if you get the chance pop in its well worth it .

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Thank susan w
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Hi Susan, many thanks for your lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

What an amazing time we had .. hands on activities for young and old. Science at its best. Well worth a visit. So many things held our wee guys attention. . The grain moving machine.. the flashing light game.. the gyro pen drawings.

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Thank Kiwichatter
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Kia ora Kiwichatter, thanks for your great review, hope to see and your wee guy back again soon. More 

Raglan, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Bring the kids! This is a good one for wet days. Changing displays, such as the Matariki exhibition (Maori New Year, as seen in the stars).

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Thank TheZenOfThings
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Museum Staff made you feel welcome, one of the exhibitions was "Country Calendar" one of NZ longest running TV programs ( 50 years) and how it all started and all the people that have been associated with the program, Excellent Display...the real country feeling of NZ. Also you must see the Maori exhibitions and waka canoe.. And then there... More 

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Thank OllieSO28
WaikatoMuseum, Online Coordinator at Waikato Museum, responded to this review

Hi OllieSO28, sounds like you made the most of your time here with all of the exhibitions you checked out! Many thanks for taking the time to post such an awesome review. More 

Hove, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

As local museums go, this is a good one. It has varying exhibitions, all of good to excellent quality. There is a small gallery of locally-focused paintings, including a Brian Dahlberg. There's a Maori canoe and a history of the Maori King movement, as well as some lovely Maori carvings. The World War I exhibit is especially moving. Entry is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Happened to come across this museum and its neighbouring arts centre by chance while walking along the river. The staff were very friendly and helped us get the most of the museum before it closed for the night. Got a chance to walk through the WWII exhibit which was surprisingly moving and really brought home the waste of war.

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1 Thank Anna C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Museum with art gallery strong Maori and local display an excite centre loved by kids of all ages and very good seasonal feature displays. This is downtown by the river. There is an off street museum car park behind the building next door.

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Thank Ianleigh M
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Skip it. I went here with my son expecting to see something relevant to the region. Pretty boring in term of content and displays. The staff were helpful though and the museum it self was clean and tidy. Visit if it's raining and you've nothing better to do.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Lots of different exhibitions for the school holidays. The farming exhibition was my favourite with lots of country calendar footage.

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