National Army Museum, Waiouru

4.5
#1 of 18 in Museums in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Be inspired by the bravery of New Zealand's armed forces at National Army Museum, an extensive collection of military exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia. The museum houses traveling exhibits alongside their permanent collection, with detailed information panels teaching you about the lives of soldiers and the history of the country's army. Smartphone and video tours offer further insight into the narrative of conflicts and the technological developments that have changed warfare over the ages. Extensive grounds display a variety of tanks, helicopters, and other military vehicles from different time periods. Work out when and for how long to visit National Army Museum and other Waiouru attractions using our handy Waiouru online trip planner .
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  • Recently stayed overnight, great free camping out the back if you are self contained security usually come and check, museum opens 9.00 to 4,30 available toilets over the road 24/7 Staff at Museum wer...  more »
  • the adults enjoyed this and the staff had cleverly made a check off game that meant the kids searched for the items allowing mum and dad time to view everything.. very clever. we arrived a bit late in...  more »
  • Well presented, thorough history of the journey that our fabulous Army has undertaken. Plenty to read, see and listen to. Perhaps a misunderstanding on our part; disappointed that the museum wasn't mo...  more »
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  • A place that makes you both glad and sad to be Human. They strike a good balance so individual strength and bravery is celebrated even if the conflicts the people were involved in were utterly bonkers but they don't glorify war. And the cafe is really good. So if you are in need of a good sit down and a cup of coffee head there. If you have imagination or empathy, you'll need a pick me up after the 1st World War exhibits.....
  • Amazing museum. I remember coming here as a child and really enjoying it. I brought my children to the museum because they're obsessed with tanks. They really enjoyed learning about our history and the exhibits helped give a visual representation of what it was like during wartime. I highly recommend visiting this museum. It is a valuable experience. There are toilets, souvenir shop and a cafe at the museum.
  • Great experience well planned and executed and there is something for everyone including children. I must add that the price is very reasonable much cheaper than expected. Great work guys. Well done
  • Well laid out museum. Great kids room and good museum kid activities. Kids can try on different outfits and hats. Lots of great information. Lots of great displays. My kids said the displays look like there are real people in them. That being said, wars are not an activity where everyone has a happy story to tell, so there are lots of sad stories to learn about here.
  • Fantastic museum! I have driven past it hundereds of times (like many kiwis I guess!) Well worth the visit. The back half of the museum is old school but the exhibits are great.. everything is layed out in chronological order. Great little kids area where they can dress up in army gears
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