Waikato Museum, Hamilton

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Find cultural inspiration and learn the history of the land at Waikato Museum, situated in the center of Hamilton's cultural precinct. Housed in an impressive building designed in the late 1980s by award-winning architect Ivan Mercep, the museum focuses on visual art, social history, and scientific heritage. Touring exhibits and permanent collections weave stories of the region, while interactive exhibits introduce children to the importance of art and design when mapping the area's history and development. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Hamilton holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Waikato Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The Museum has a focus on local history and, though small, is beautifully mounted and interesting. Have areas dedicated to the history of the Maoris in the Hamilton region, in addition to a kind of exhibition-tribute to those who took part in the first World War (WWI). Other smaller projection art exhibitions make up the acquis.
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  • The WWI memorial was very well done, the stories are quite sad in many parts. The history of the war canoe is good, the canoe magnificent. A small museum which is free - special exhibits there is a fe...  more »
  • plenty of parking but is reserved for other businesses so wedidn't bother going in as we didn't want to be towed  more »
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  • We really loved the children's area. It was well worth the price and there many educational experiences for my children. My children can't wait to go again! They had live music the day we were there and the kids really enjoyed it. The only thing was that it was hard to find parking. We had to circle a coule of times through the city to find parking.
  • The Easter Egg Hunt is so fun at the museum. They always have great exhibits coming through. Plus the staple free things are well presented.
  • Good museum to visit but they could still do better though. No complains cos its free entry (Mar 2018) but guess there is going to be charge from Nov 2018.
  • I'm not a museum go'er, but as I was being the tourist and we had time to kill before having to go to the airport, we visited here. At the time of our visit (end of feb 2018), there were a few expo's, the most impressive being about World War 1. The place is well thought out; exhibitions themselves as well as the visitors' flow between exhibitions. We went from learning something about some local artist (which we didn't care for), to learning about some Maori history, specifically Maori kings of the past and present, to the First World War. The latter has stuck in the mind mostly. This is due to the story telling used, images and actual items displayed and the passive-interactive nature of the exhibition. It was also very interesting to learn that I would not have been eligible for the ANZAC army draft at the time due to my weight :p
  • Some really good collections displayed - could do with containing a bit more info about the Waikato region - past history and Maori settlements, contemporary history and future plans. That might help provide a link to the exhibition of the Maori waka taua (Maaori war canoe) and the present day. That is more in line with what might be anticipated at a museum.

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