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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  • Awesome display of photos and equipment on the history of Russell. Wonderful collection of old photos and written history of the area. Well worth a visit if you have the time.  more »
  • The history in here is amazing and dates back to the beginning of New Zealand. You have to visit to appreciate everything that was before.  more »
  • The museum is tiny and they charge you $10 I think this is ridiculous as it takes about half an hour to look round the whole place in lots of detail. There was some interesting pieces and nice things ...  more »
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  • Lovely little museum to the history of Russell and the local region with lots of things to see and loads of interesting information. It's not every day you get to climb inside a cauldron once used to cook humans! Great little gift shop too.
  • Surprisingly good museum in charming Russell. Took the ferry over from Paihia, and escaped a sudden rain downpour here. Small building, but quite informative about the history of this small town.
  • 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.
  • Great museum pieces on display. Very helpful staff
  • 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.

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