Mercury Bay Museum, Whitianga

(4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Discover the compelling history of the Mercury Bay Area at Mercury Bay Museum, a collection of Maori and European artifacts and educational exhibits. Learn about the visits from famous historical figures like Polynesian navigator Kupe and Captain James Cook, who is also explained in a short film. Explore shipwrecks dotted throughout the bay, visit a recreated 1953 school room, and learn how past inhabitants fished and produced timber. A little bit of everything helps visitors get a good sense for the area. Add Mercury Bay Museum to your Whitianga travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Whitianga itinerary builder.
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TripAdvisor
  • We visited this attraction on a wet Sunday and found it both informative and historically interesting. We learnt much about the first visitors to New Zealand. Though a small museum it had much of inte...  more »
  • I think this is the first place to see if you are a visitor to Whitianga. It puts the place into context. Most displays are easy to understand. The school room took me back to my childhood primary sch...  more »
  • This was a small well set out museum with plenty of exhibits that gave a very good overview of the local history of the area. Even if it isn't particularly rainy it is a great place to have a look rou...  more »
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  • Very lovely and tiny museum packed with a lot of stuff, informations and tiny details everywhere. Ver friendly and welcoming owner. A wonderful mixture between an historic museum and a curiosity cabinet. Worth the approximately 90min visit!
  • Neat little place to learn a bit about the areas history. Well presented.
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