Russell Museum, Russell

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Absorb the history of the proud local community at Russell Museum. With impressive and informative exhibits focusing on a wealth of different topics, including the history of the Maori people in the area and the town's maritime heritage, the museum introduces visitors to the rich history of the town of Russell. For about a hundred years, the town served as a hot spot for international teams of whalers, bringing mercantilism--and also debauchery--to the coast. The museum does not shy away from approaching this grisly chapter of its past, a time when it was known as the "Hell-hole of the Pacific." Put Russell Museum into our Russell sightseeing planning tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Russell.
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  • We visited primarily to find out some family history and learn more about the area. Displays were good and well laid out. Helpful staff who assisted with research. You can't take photos for research s...  more »
  • Very nice but a small local museum, staff had done agreat job with what their have to work with. Some very enteresting stands.  more »
  • This is a small museum, that provides about 30 minutes of information. For me the best part was a short video that was playing on a loop outlining the history of Russell. When Captain Cook found the B...  more »
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  • There were plenty of items that were unique and pertinent to the Bay of Islands and the early British-Maori relationships. We overstayed at the end of the day by 20 minutes but were not forced to curtail our visit. We really appreciated this kindness.
  • Small but authentic. Gives a great overview and explanation of this very special region. A couple of small interactive activities for kids. Could spend up to an hour there.
  • It's a museum befitting of the town of Russell. It's small and quaint and has a few gems of local history. Go visit and help support the local history.
  • If you are not interested in NZ history, then keep your $10 for a nice coffee and ice cream down the road. No marvels here. But if you are into history then don't miss this one. It gives a good starting point and it will link-up the stories with the other places you visit in NZ. Oh, there is a 1:5 replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour which worth a look. Note: sorry, can't take photos in the museum, otherwise would show you the ship.
  • a verre nice museum, special for children. Friendly people and a lot of local history.

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