Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

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Find cultural inspiration and learn the history of the land at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, 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 Te Whare Taonga o Waikato and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • October 11, 2017
    When my husband was at a work conference I spent the afternoon enjoying the hospitality of this lovely little museum. I was very impressed by the Maori exhibits and the staff very welcoming. The histo...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    So much to see, had my grandchildren with me who really enjoyed the activities they had available. Easy access to all parts of the museum with so much culture and history on every floor  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Exhibits change frequently and are well done. The staff were outstanding. The location is right on a beautiful river. It is definitely a place to see.  more »
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  • September 4, 2017
    Great museum, exhibitions change regularly. I like the small room exhibits such as local artists etc but kids like large scales touring exhibitions. Human body and pre dinosaurs recent favourites.
  • September 12, 2017
    Fantastic interactive children's area and very helpful staff. We spent a wonderful wet Saturday here.
  • August 3, 2017
    Awesome interactive displays. Great for the kids. Very interesting for adults. Cheers
  • August 3, 2017
    The museum it's self was great and an eye opener for the kids, especially the light show. I think a little more effort needs to be made in telling people about the external displays as we only just saw it. The off putting thing for us was the staff member who acted like a stalker and made our visit uncomfortable.
  • August 28, 2017
    I think the name is incorrect ... they should be honest and call it the Hamilton Art Gallery. Where have all the Taonga gone?

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