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Kaikoura Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great little museum

The museum is not big, but it is very informative, and was easy to spend a couple of hours here. We... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
janda2905
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Super interactive!!

This place is worth a visit! The attic level has some cool interactive displays. Kids would love... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barbara K
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A new state-of-the-art museum experience showcasing Kaikoura’s diverse natural, cultural and social history. We also have research facilities for historians and those interested in family histories of the district.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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96 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 7440
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is not big, but it is very informative, and was easy to spend a couple of hours here. We were particularly interested in the 2016 earthquake exhibition, as we did not hear anything about it in the UK, even though it was as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is worth a visit! The attic level has some cool interactive displays. Kids would love it!! I’m 29 and even I enjoyed it :)

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barbara K
kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kids of all ages, and even fully grown up people, love our Museum so we are glad you did too. Thanks for the review Barbara.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is only small, so an hour or so is all you need if you are pushed for time. Very well laid out, with lots of brief explanations about the history of Kaikoura and of course the 2916 earthquake is covered in detail.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Susiefage
kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the 5 star review!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to find on the ground floor of the Local Council building in the centre of town.Kaikoura's history and a moving exhibition of the 2016 earthquake are both interesting and moving. Winning a reward was well deserved.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John v
kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks John V for the kind words. Steph

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing story of the earthquakes, some good displays on whaling, crays and telecommunications history. Nice facility.

Date of experience: December 2018
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kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Steph

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little museum is packed with history! From all the historical artefacts and films to the new part that tells a very powerful and emotional story about how the earthquake affected locals. It is definitely worth the visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 699leannes
kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the 5 star review, what a great way to start the New Year! Steph

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful experience So much to see and absorb Excellent section on the earthquake Great examples of past lives from pre-European through to today

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RKensington
kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We love it when we are able to delight and exceed expectations! Thank you for the review. Steph

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shaped like a crayfish pot, the Kaikoura museum is well situated on the main street with parking available across the street. Focussing on local history, both social and industrial the museum entices you to see "what is round the next corner' Ii is certain to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank John C
kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your thoughtful and comprehensive review John C. You obviously made time to take it all in and got the most out of your visit which is great. Feedback is always appreciated. Steph

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an hour to spare in Kaikoura so went along to the museum. At $12 a ticket for an adult it is well worth a visit. It has a long term exhibition on the 2016 quake and then a permanent exhibition on the history...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the 5 star review Kath31, great to hear you enjoyed your visit and found it good value. Steph

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Walked up to here for a look around while filling in time for the Whale Watch and discovered this is a paid entry? Not enough time left to get the value out of paying for entry so left again. Wasn't that impressed at having to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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kkmuseum2017, Manager at Kaikoura Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are an independent Museum and registered charity and we receive no require local or national government funding so we have to have an entry just to keep the doors open. It is a huge amount of work looking after our districts heritage and archives...More

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