Mercury Bay Museum

Mercury Bay Museum, Whitianga: Hours, Address, Mercury Bay Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Mercury Bay Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
With exhibits about the Polynesian navigator Kupe, Maori artifacts, the Endeavour and James Cook, HMS Buffalo (sunk 1840), kauri timber and gum, the old dairy factory in which the museum is housed, early settlers’ records, natural history, fishing displays and a wonderful photographic collection. Bringing you face to face with our history!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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Julia T
Reno, NV8 contributions
Great little local museum.
Nov 2019
Great little local museum. They had information on the past gum tree harvesting, Captain Cook, and many photos of Whitianga's past.
Written 28 November 2019
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Lynnie162014
Wollongong, Australia29 contributions
Great little Museum
Oct 2019
This museum is bigger than it looks, really well curated & has lots of great visual, interactive & informative displays. It gave us a really good understanding of the history of the area. Inexpensive entry at $7/adult it is well worth a visit.
Written 24 October 2019
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tekohiwi
Whitianga, New Zealand458 contributions
Awesome small museum
Sep 2019 • Solo
This museum is a little gem and we are so lucky to have it right on our doorstep. Every local should make the effort to visit it and maybe learn a bit more about our slice of paradise.
Currently the museum is getting ready for Tuia 250 (Captain Cook visited Whitianga 250 years ago) and lots of new exhibits are being created as I type.
Lots of interactive displays and so much local history. Make sure you put it on your list.
Written 26 September 2019
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Desarae W
98 contributions
Interesting place to visit
Aug 2019
Had a bit of spare time in Whitianga and visited this museum. Cost was $7.50 per adult. Well worth it. The museum is run by volunteers and a paid manager. The displays were well done and some surprising interactive displays as well. Full of information about dairying, forestry, fishing and other local past industry. The lady on duty was pleasant and helpful.
Written 14 August 2019
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Maya F
17 contributions
Very Interesting
Jun 2019
Well worth the visit very interesting and informative on the history of the area, nice staff and very helpful
Written 11 June 2019
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Joan R
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
Mercury Bay Museum Maps
May 2019 • Friends
This is a great museum highlighting the history of the region with special emphasis on Capt James Cook' journeys and observations of the teansit of Mercury. Superb maps of the time showing Cook's journeys and fascinating names of regions of the world at that time.
Well worth a visit.
Written 8 May 2019
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Bronee S
Whitianga, New Zealand36 contributions
Great Historical Museum
Jun 2018 • Family
Mercury Bay has so much history that so many dont know about. This visit was a great reminder to me. I've been coming to Whitianga for 57 years and have lived here for 7. I thought I knew some of the capt. Cook stuff but the museum opened up my eues amd my son was also impressed and we both had fun.
Written 7 May 2019
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Ashley W
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
Quaint but well worthwhile
Apr 2019 • Couples
The museum is overflowing with exhibits and information. While some of the displays are dated, there is enough here to educate and stimulate. You can tell a lot of effort has been put into this place.
Written 3 May 2019
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ClintonB45
Lancaster, SC169 contributions
CB/MB
Mar 2019 • Couples
This great little museum sits right on the Whitianga waterfront across from the ferry pier. It is VERY well done and chronicles the history of the area - from early Maori explorers to Captain Cook's visit to local maritime commerce to the rise of sport fishing in Whitianga (which still continues today). It also provides a window into other important topics such as the Kauri tree logging era, agricultural highlights, the history of the dairy that was housed in the building, etc. It is really worth an hour or two visit - we loved the side-by-side typed "translations" of Captain Cook's ship log and the display on sport fishing that includes an almost 1000 pound black marlin - one of the first large fish caught in the "sport fishing era." My wife totally loved the 1950's schoolroom that depicted the education of that time. We recommend this lovely little museum unreservedly.
Written 21 April 2019
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PaulAndJoy167
Leicester, UK418 contributions
An interesting small museum
Feb 2019 • Couples
Spent an hour or so here looking at (amongst many other things) information about Captain Cook, HMS Buffalo, the dairy factory that used to be in the building, natural history etc. There were also old photos to look at. I particularly liked the 1950s schoolroom which was very similar to my schooldays in the UK. The only negative was that the curators were reorganising museum contents and moving stuff around while we were there.
Written 15 March 2019
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