Waikato Museum

On the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of the Hamilton cultural precinct, Waikato Museum – Te Whare Taonga o Waikato provides a rich experience of the arts and culture of Hamilton and the Waikato region.

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Our exhibitions and activities tell the stories of this region and include visual art, social history, Maori stories and science.

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2018 highlights include the majestic waka Te Winika and long-term exhibitions For Us They Fell and Te Whaanau Maarama: The Heavenly Bodies. Our galleries exhibit a rich blend of artworks from touring exhibitions and the museum’s own collections while 'Exscite' and 'Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks' provide fun, hands-on science entertainment for families.


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Physical address

Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham Street, Central City, Hamilton, Hamilton - Waikato, 3204, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
10am - 5pm open daily except Christmas Day.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
30 minutes drive
Proximity to coach terminal:
Free city bus stops outside. 10-15 minute walk from Hamilton Transport Centre
Proximity to town:
Central City

Pricing and Conditions

Other charges:
Free admission to most galleries. Charges apply for some touring exhibitions, Exscite and Waikato Bright Sparks. Visit our website for details

Language support

  Written Spoken
Hungarian YES YES
Japanese YES YES
Samoan YES YES
Chinese (Traditional) YES YES

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