Cook Islands National Museum

Cook Islands National Museum

Cook Islands National Museum
3.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Cheryl B
Wellington, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Like many museums in small countries this one is also small. However the building is relatively spacious and the exhibits presented well.

The exhibition on missionary activity was interesting (sequential development on each island) and I loved the beautiful kumete (bowls) nearby.

I was a bit hot from walking around this precinct so my visit was short due to a need for a swim but it was useful and I learned some new things about the Cooks.

Definitely worth a visit but don’t expect a Te Papa experience.
Written 30 September 2022
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Polwyn
Ashburton, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It appears that this museum was built to house gifts given to the people of the Cook Islands during the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture, held in Rarotonga in 1992. The festival "is the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders, drawing artists, cultural practitioners, scholars and officials from member nations of the Pacific Community." This was a significant event for the Cook Islands, and featured several voyaging canoes converging from other parts of the Pacific.

There are other artefacts as well, and a selection of historical photos. Much more could be made of this amazing collection of work, and the building it is housed in, especially in terms of display and information. Some of the interpretation is quite subjective, but it is well worth the entrance fee.

Nearby is the Library and Museum, also worth a visit, but also in desperate need of upgrading displays and interpretation. This building desperately needs proper climate control to protect the integrity of the artefacts. Note that neither museum permits photography.
Written 13 September 2022
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Pieter S
Nelson, New Zealand
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Generally it was interesting museum ,as the National Museum of the Cook Islands I thought it was very empty. The ladies at the counter was more interested talking on the phone then helping visitors. Display generally it was quite nice but I’ve could’ve done a lot better specially The staircase going upstairs it looks very unsafe and it really needs paint of called.If you miss this is not a big deal.
Written 3 March 2020
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ModusOperandie
Vancouver, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We stopped in unexpectedly, to escape a sudden downpour, and enjoyed a short visit learning about the islands' history and seeing the exhibits. It's a small museum, but worth a look. We had the chance to talk to a curator who happened to be around, and got another layer of experience for free. Definitely ask questions!
Written 12 November 2019
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Paul L
Auckland, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Very Enjoyable very much like displays they have at the Auckland Museum however the culture and ancestry was more informative
Well worth a time out trip
Written 5 October 2019
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krudyard
Melbourne, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The sign said open but they were closed because of a parade down the main street. Not impressed, but looks like we didn't miss much, judging by others' comments.
Written 6 August 2019
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The national museum is small but given that it's only $5 entry fee it's well worth a visit. The main items on display when we were there were the local quilts which were very beautiful and it was interesting to learn their significance to the life of the Cook Islanders.
Written 3 June 2019
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wombleydoo
Logan City, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We visited this museum after we visited the Cooks Museum. We were quite disappointed, especially as this is the National Museum. It really seemed to focus on the Tivaevae (patchwork) display and not much else. We sat and watched the video on the history of the Tivaevae, after which we looked at the Tivaevae with a different view. If you love sewing and patchwork, you'll appreciate the displays. If you are looking for history, head around the Cooks Museum which is nearby and spend your $5 there instead.
Written 21 April 2019
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margaret y
Glasgow, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Brilliant visit here to see all the tivaevae hand sewed and some done by machine. They were fantastic.
Written 4 April 2019
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GDay1044
Durban, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We went here twice – first time it was closed – the opening times on TA are wrong – we were back the next morning but because of its ramshackle appearance from the outside we were cautious of what we would find inside – I inquired of the inattentive voluntary staff on duty if there were artifacts and the like and not just written descriptions and reports – the response was ‘what?’ so we gave it a miss.
Written 1 December 2018
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