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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  • I found it interesting. It is a local history museum so obviously the focus is on Maori and European contact in the early years in this region. The entry fee is only $10.  more »
  • The Russell Museum had lots of information about the Maori people and the European settlers that arrived in the 1800's. There was also a short video presentation.  more »
  • The visit to this museum confidential and tiny a rainy day is half an hour, but it's interesting. The store is well-stocked souvenir. If you have some time...
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  • I visited this place nearly 20 years ago and I took my kids here for a visit this year and they enjoyed it. It's small, has a very soft and warm history about it and well maintained and cared historical museum of the locals. Enjoyed reading of the local schools' stories of their personalised flags. We will visit it again at another time.
  • Worth a look if you have traveled its a good stop in to learn about the history of the area . $10.00 to look inside the museum. A gift store with books magazines and postcards to purchase. Also outside the gardens interesting history.
  • 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.
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