Russell Museum, Russell

3.5
#5 of 20 in Museums in Northland Region
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." Plan to visit Russell Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Russell attractions using our Russell itinerary planner.
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  • August 4, 2017
    A small museum with a few interesting exhibits. Does not warrant a special visit but if you are in Russell with time to kill then worth taking a look.  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    The museum has a very good display on the history of Russell and the people who have lived there over the years. There is a small entrance fee but it is well worth the money if you have an interest in...  more »
  • May 18, 2017
    Strange little museum. $10 entry and stayed for 10 minutes. Little to see, mostly reading information that you can get off the internet. Gift shop is worth a look though.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Interesting but there was a very long tour which seemed un-necessary.
  • The museum is small but is jam packed with artifacts from around the area and showcases Russell's contributions to New Zealand early history and the part the area played in the formation of the nation. I'd say the $10 admission is worth it
  • Incredible history here! History lovers delight.
  • Bit too expensive for what it has to offer.

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