Cook Islands Library & Museum, Avarua

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Learn about the history and culture of the Cook Islands at Cook Islands Library & Museum, featuring a collection of weapons, carvings, and costumes. Explore the exhibits and visit the onsite library to find out more the country's distinct cultural identity. The museum also provides a way to learn about the country's relations with New Zealand and other South Pacific nations. Before you leave, check out the small gift shop with books and posters for sale. Plan your visit to Cook Islands Library & Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rarotonga tourist route planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The library seems quite busy and the museum had a lot of stories to tell. A bit cluttered but it is a small site. A TV doco runs to entertain kids and is also quite informative. No photos as they do n...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We stopped by on National Day when everything on the island was closed. They welcomed us for the 15 more minutes they were open and gave us some local bananas on the way out. Sweet!  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The museum ($5) is worth a visit it has some interesting exhibits and the library is crammed with an eclectic mix of titles... a great place to visit for a couple of hours  more »

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