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New Zealand Rugby Museum

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Address: 326 Main St, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand
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+64 6-358 6947
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The sport that shaped a nation.How did rugby come to play such an important...

The sport that shaped a nation.How did rugby come to play such an important role in the culture and heritage of New Zealand, and why are the All Blacks so good? Our Balls, Bullets and Boots Exhibition opens on 22nd August - Rugby Remembers WW1. Explore the rich history and folklore of the nation's game, see some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts, and learn about some of our rugby greats. You can get active by testing your rugby skills in the dedicated "Have A Go" area and measure yourself against the best.

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Hate to admit it, but .....

Just had to have a look, from an Aussie's perspective. Sorry to say, it was well worth the visit. I learned a lot of rugby history from a quick one hour visit to the museum... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

quite small and walked around the whole exhibition within 20 minutes The price was over expectations for what was on show

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a rugby fanatic myself but found the Museum interesting. However i thought it a bit bizarre the last World Cup finished over 18 months ago and they don't have anything really celebrating this. Also they've won the last two WC's so surely a life size replica of the trophy? Just seems a bit of a half hearted effort... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just had to have a look, from an Aussie's perspective. Sorry to say, it was well worth the visit. I learned a lot of rugby history from a quick one hour visit to the museum. Naturally it focused on NZ rugby, but heaps of info on the game worldwide. I am sure my Kiwi friends knew it all, but at... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

if you are a kiwi or aussie you should drop in for a look, it is a small exhibition but interesting. The history of the game in New Zealand is good and this adds to the overall picture

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

As Brits we love that rugby started with us... Absolutely amazing to see the rise of the all blacks in such a short time of them taking up the game. Super interesting that the whistle and florin traditionally used to start every World Cup first game was not used in England for 2015.... No wonder we were so rubbishy!!!!!!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Travelled with a rugby mad overseas visitor, who put this place on their agenda. Great if you are familiar with NZ rugby history, but frankly a bit bland if you are a foreigner. I thought the curators could have done better given the richness and variety of NZ Rugby and the number of artifacts available in the museum. Nice try,... More 

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Braunschweig, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

It is relatively small but its is very interesting for everyone if you are a local and already know about the sport or a foreigner and dont know much about it going into.

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Rushden, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Its small but has so much to do for the kids and lots to read about for the adults. It covers lots of history and our boys would've stayed longer with the activities/games available.

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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We had a great time at the rugby museum! It was so interesting and very cheap for admission! Fun for children too and there are lots of drills you can do. Would definitely come here again!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

A good couple of hours to a full day needed here to trace the history of the oval ball game here. Tracing the history from day 1.

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