Mercury Bay Museum, Whitianga

4.3
#1 of 8 in Museums in Coromandel Peninsula
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. Use our Whitianga trip planning app to visit Mercury Bay Museum on your trip to Whitianga, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A very good collection of local and historical items of interest. Especially relating to Captain Cook and his visit to Mercury Bay and the shipwreck of HMS Buffalo.  more »
  • they've packed so much into a small space. It's really well done. lots of interesting exhibits on a range of topics that relate to Whitianga  more »
  • If you're into history then this is a must-see. Ranging from artifacts from the earliest inhabitants right up to Captan Cook and the wreck of the Buffalo sailing ship, then on to more modern settler a...  more »
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  • A lot better than it appears it might be. Very cool
  • Great for the kids to learn about captain Cook and his life including local history and sea life.
  • 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!
  • Excellent little local history museum.
  • Neat little place to learn a bit about the areas history. Well presented.

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