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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  • My husband is interested in military history and my father was in the NZ Army, so this visit was most enjoyable. The presentation of all the displays is incredible, so much detail and information. It ...  more »
  • A must if you are in the area. Collection of armoured vehicles on display is great, also a lot of interesting exhibits inside. If you are interested in military history, definitely go there. Highly re...  more »
  • On my way from Wellington to Helensville,decided to have a break,and where better than this incredibly interesting museum. Having spent time at the wonderful “Te Papa” museum in Wellington,on numerous...  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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Where do I start with is amazing & humbling museum.....as a WW2 collector this museum blew my mind full stop. The exhibits run from the early Maori wars all the way to the present day conflicts. They are thoughtfully presented & informative. Exhibits are very well maintained & thought provoking. I’ve been to many military museums & so if the exhibits are very dated & are not accurate. This is not the case here, not one bit! It was a treat to be able to touch many of the WW2 exhibits & to be able to take detailed photos. The medal room is very humbling & to be honest beyond description. Many interactive exhibits for the little ones & a well appointed cafe for taking a break over an L&P & a Mince n Cheese. My friend & I struck up a conversation with one of the volunteers & gabbed about collecting & history for nearly 45 mins. I recommend arriving early so you can have a few hrs to take it all in. There is so much to see you don’t want to rush it. Also take some time to check out the reference library even if your not a student of history or a collector. The drive from Taupo is well worth it. The scenery will leave you speechless. Plenty of parking & the staff is very friendly & accommodating The gift shop has something for everyone & budget. Lest We Forget.

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