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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Where to stay in Rarotonga

Since pristine white beaches and turquoise lagoons are never far away in Rarotonga, where you stay depends entirely on how much you want to spend. The hotels and resorts tend to cluster around the most scenic beaches and lagoons. At the higher end, luxury resorts offer pampering comfort, but often share their beaches with much more affordable accommodations. If you want to explore a certain part of the island, look for lodgings nearby: although the buses are extremely convenient, they tend to meander at a very slow pace.
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  • It is a rather quirky library, the shelves full of books of any sort, but also of South Sea artefacts of different provenience, with a very pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. The museum is part about ...  more »
  • I thought the place smelt musty and it was hot. Burning insense made it worst in height of summer. Staff could have made more effort to be helpful  more »
  • Spent several hours looking at the wonderful displays in this small museum. Opened my eyes to the skill and beauty of the island culture.  more »