Cook Islands Library & Museum

Cook Islands Library & Museum

Cook Islands Library & Museum
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This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
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Kenneth T
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The small museum is actually a wing of the library on Rarotonga. So much information and artifacts relating to Cook Islands history and thr culture of the islands.
Unfortunately photography was not allowed within the museum, so I had to take handwritten notes and sketch the artifacts. However, out in the library section, there more items on display and they COULD be photographed.
For a 70 year old visitor from the Sonoran Desert of North America (Phienix, Arizona, USA), the cultural knowledge of the Cook Islands was mostly new to me. However the humidity and lack of circulating air (no AC nor even fans) made me uncomfortable after an hour inside the museum.
Overall I'm glad I went to the museum, learned much, and it was worth the walk from the bus stop on the main road.
Written 11 April 2024
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Cheryl B
Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
A lovely wander through histories of the Cook Islands - marine, social, ‘fashion’.

I loved the clutter of books nearby and the sense that staff (and volunteers perhaps) are passionate about their work.

It’s quirky and interesting.
Written 30 September 2022
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Pieter S
Nelson, New Zealand1,857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
It was a bit of an unusual museum half of it was the library and other half museum. Firstly we watched a video very interesting. The Museum at self was also very interesting very nicely put together. I’ve been to all the museums in Rarotonga this one is the best well worth the six dollars.
Written 3 March 2020
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Assu N
Gold Bridge, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great place to visit and talk to Jean the Curator who can explain interesting history. A definite stop to learn about Maori culture and Islands. Not publicly funded so help with your support.
Written 22 January 2020
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Joe B
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited the Cook Islands Museum in Raratonga, Cook Islands and what a terrific experience. Though small it is packed with a wonderful collection of artefacts and historical memorabilia regarding the many and diverse cultures throughout the many Cook Islands. It is a private organization, relying on visitors for its income, and for a mere $6 entrance fee, definitely worth supporting. The National Museum, one block away, by contrast , was a disappointment, its main focus being on the local canoes and outriggers.
Written 20 January 2020
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Hokiecoyote
Wrightwood, CA173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We ventured into the Library/Museum while exploring downtown on a rainy day. The admission price was $5 for adults and it was surprisingly busy. While the museum had a ton of stuff it was really in need of cleaning and repair. It actually reminded me of an antique shop where stuff was displayed in every possible nook and cranny. I would not recommend the museum for children. Was it worth $5? Barely.
Written 3 November 2019
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Paul L
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is a must go to activity no matter what age you are. You are greeted by a Kuia and an amazing walk back in time. The Library was a walk in time for me. My grand daughter found it interesting as it was all recorded in the good old way on a Library card . The Museum puts a different perspective on the Cook Islands and the strong arrogance of the European involvement
Written 5 October 2019
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WellingtonChicky
Wellington, New Zealand69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Has a ton of artefacts, lots to look at and read. Much better than Te Ara Museum, and cheaper too. Multi level and includes videos.
Written 25 September 2019
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Vera P
Lower Hutt, New Zealand14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This museum may be small but it is just packed with exhibits which give a detailed insight into the history & culture of the Cook Islands & Rarotonga in particular. Of the many things of interest were: an ancient adze that caused quite a stir among the archeological fraternity; a 3D map of Rarotonga created by a British woman decades ago revealing the peaks & valleys we did not have time to explore; a study of the endangered flycatcher showing how this little bird was saved from the brink of extinction. I can highly recommend this museum as it has so much to interest any visitor.
Written 3 September 2019
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SasPopps
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Unfortunately it closes at 1pm so we only got to spend about 40 minutes at the library and museum, but I am so glad we went. Lots of great information about the history of the Cook Island, and it was only $5NZD entry. Definitely worth going.
Written 22 August 2019
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