Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

4.2
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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. To visit Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato and other attractions in Hamilton, use our Hamilton itinerary planner.
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  • This ever changing space is an amazing place for kids and adults alike to explore. we were intrigued with the" reflections " exhibit and the old favorites in the ANZAC display and the Maori carvings a...  more »
  • This Museum features some excellent Maori cultural displays, some fascinating exhibitions that change frequently, some permanent exhibitions that give an insight into the Waikato and beyond. Those who...  more »
  • Its not Te papa but it is an informative museum that has a nice ambiance. Quite small it will only take a family an hour or so to walk round but it has some nice displays that are interesting for both...  more »
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  • Very helpful staff. Good home town feel. Relevant displays. Culturally significant. Environment clean and safe. Lovely outside. River trail very close. Lots of food nearby. Centre of town.
  • Awesome exhibition, I especially liked the war canoe and the presentation of the beginning of the world in the maori way
  • We like taking the family here, but it does feel like it suffers from a real lack of funding. Many exhibits are either old or rather boring. A real shame, it could be so much more! Most of the newer content requires an entry fee which isn't cheap for a whole family. The staff are friendly and helpful.
  • Great place to take kids. Lots of interactive activities
  • looking into the future abd the past through art and informative, cultural and scientific mediums

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