Taupo Museum, Taupo

Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Learn the stories and history of the local area at Taupo Museum, specializing in social, cultural, and natural history. The attractive, engaging displays offer visitors of all ages a route into the local area's past, while the gardens (winner of a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal, no less) provide a well-maintained and diverse natural landscape for you to wander. Traveling exhibits and an extensive permanent collection make for a fresh and innovative museum that seeks to show the story of the region in a clear and informative way. Plan your visit to Taupo Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Taupo day trip website.
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  • The museum is very clean and the lady at reception was very helpful. It’s not a big museum, we thought that there wasn’t a lot to see.  more »
  • very interesting place. not a lot to see, but if you are interested in local history and life style u can enjoy. amazing huge boat inside and some stuff what Maori people were used for cooking...  more »
  • I very pleasant local museum with emphasis on local topics as to be expected. For obvious reasons, an emphasis on the volcanic and geological history of the area and an really interesting display. I.....  more »
  • This is a not well known museum but it's well worth a visit! Free parking, by the park. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. There are tons of treasures and info pitched to all ages, also a cool kids activity to help them keep looking round and let you see the whole place. Beautiful old Waka in a climate controlled area. Cool wee caravan. Travel through historic NZ in an hour or two. Can nip round faster if you don't have long. Great gift shop with interesting things.
  • It is a nice place to go. Free for residents. Children (and parents) are very entertained with the little dinosaurs hidden in the museum. This museum is just next to the playground so it is very easy to go if it is too hot outside.
  • This is a lovely and well organised museum. We only had an hour and we ran out of time before it closed. It has some interesting information on the volcano, the forestry history and is well balanced with the Maori stories. One of the highlights for me were the journal entries for peoples caravan holidays to Taupo in the 50’s & 60’s. Well worth a visit.
  • A top local museum. Brilliant historical presentations. Much recommended.
  • Kids had a great time finding things on the check list. Cool historical Kiwiana stuff. They enjoyed the craft area. Friendly staff. We spent about an hour. Kids FREE Adults $5pp 😊

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