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Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

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The Waikato Museum was purpose built in 1987 and comprises thirteen galleries over five levels. The Waikato Museum presents a changing programme of exhibitions, featuring items from its own large collection as well as the national and international touring exhibitions that are a regular feature at the Museum.

The exhibition programme covers four main areas: Visual Arts; Social History; Tangata Whenua and Science, including the interactive children's experience, Exscite.

The Waikato Museum also offers many programmes, tours and activities to supplement the exhibitions and broad education services to all educational institutions.

Collection Type
Art, History, Pacific, Science, Taonga Maori, Technology


Contact Details
Postal address iconPrivate Bag 3010, Hamilton, 3240
Telephone number icon07 838 6606


Visitor Information
Physical address icon1 Grantham Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaily 10am-5pm
Charges iconFree entry to the Museum. Charges apply for some exhibitions.


Facilities
Wheelchair accessParkingShopFunction SpaceGuided TourPublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets
Lecture hall/Museum brochures / Tourist brochures/ Education services/ Public programmes and events/ Venue hire.



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For Us They Fell

For Us They Fell is an exhibition about the men and women of the Waikato during World War 1. A large part of the exhibition will be created out of information which we will crowd-source via an easy-to-use interactive ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates:

Out of The Bedroom and Into the Lounge: Jan Nigro

As the anniversary of Jan Nigro’s death five years ago nears, this significant retrospective exhibition has been distilled from her life’s work held by the Jan Nigro Trust. The works illustrate a strong female ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018

Boundless: Printmaking (Further) Beyond the Frame

Printmaking is often perceived as work of two dimensions, framed on a wall. The challenge set by this exhibition was to encourage printmakers to explore different ways of engaging with imagery, materials and processes, ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018, 26-Jul-2018 View more sessions

50 Years of Fieldays

Fieldays heads into its 50th year a powerhouse. Each June, tens of thousands flock to Mystery Creek for the four-day event. The exhibits, demonstrations, food and shopping at Fieldays showcase the best of New ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018, 26-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Ida Carey: A Contemporary Viewing

Ida Harriet Carey (1891-1982) was a significant figure in the Waikato art scene. She spent the majority of her working career based in Hamilton and in 1934 was instrumental in initiating the formation of the Waikato Arts ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018, 26-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks

People have brilliant ideas everyday but how do these ideas get transformed into something bigger and real? Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks examines some of our region’s problem-solving success stories ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018, 26-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Be Persuaded: A Jane Austen Experience

To mark the 200th anniversary of her passing, Dressing Australia Museum of Costume has designed a rare and wonderful exhibition bringing Jane Austen to life in original fashion of the era. Be Persuaded follows ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018, 26-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Elle and The Youthquake: The Changing Face of Fashion

Diana Vreeland, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, said in the 1960s: “Young designers are taking over and setting the trends – it’s a “Youthquake!” Right here in Hamilton, 21-year-old Wendy Ganley ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018, 26-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Top Art

What does it take to achieve Excellence in NCEA Level 3 Visual Art? Top Art features a selection of portfolios that achieved this in 2017. Top Art is an annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of the NCEA ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018

I Spy At the Museum

Discover mesmerising art, priceless Maaori taonga, historic collection items and much more as you explore our galleries. Fill out an activity sheet as you investigate each corner of the Museum and earn yourself an I ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018, 25-Jul-2018, 26-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Musical Feast

Hear top young musicians from the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato showcase their talent in the gallery.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 26-Jul-2018

Maaori Arts and Crafts – Contemporary Kono/Basket

Maaori arts and crafts with Marei Kura Creations. Learn about traditional kono/food basket and make your own contemporary one to take home.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 03-Aug-2018

National Contemporary Art Award: Judge’s Floor Talk

Judge Reuben Friend shares his view on this year’s National Contemporary Art Award finalists. Don’t miss this opportunity on the first day of the exhibition.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 04-Aug-2018

Culture Club

Lively afternoon performance celebrating our city's cultural diversity. We are a group of students devoted to preserving and promoting the aspects of traditional culture, etiquette and values. Come and see us showcase ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 05-Aug-2018

Musical Feast

Hear top young musicians from the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato showcase their talent in the gallery.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 09-Aug-2018

Mayor's Music Matinee

Hamilton City Council in conjunction with the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato, are proud to present the “Mayor’s Music Matinee Series” This lunchtime concert series is held on the second ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 10-Aug-2018, 14-Sep-2018, 12-Oct-2018

Painted Stories: New Zealand Children’s Book Illustrators

Within the genre of children’s storybook publishing, a picture really does paint a thousand words. The illustrator’s role in this genre of writing is like the nectar on a flower that attracts the bee. The visual ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 09-Aug-2018, 10-Aug-2018, 11-Aug-2018, 12-Aug-2018, 13-Aug-2018, 14-Aug-2018 View more sessions

Tom Scott Cartoon ReWorks: The Earth Edition

Auckland-based photographer and visual artist Mardo El-Noor uses his gift of digital wizardry to reinterpret a selection of cartoons by Tom Scott, arguably New Zealand’s most renowned cartoonist. El-Noor pays ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 10-Aug-2018, 11-Aug-2018, 12-Aug-2018, 13-Aug-2018, 14-Aug-2018, 15-Aug-2018 View more sessions

Storytelling On the Marae

Traditional and contemporary stories presented for our youngest visitors and their families.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 15-Aug-2018

National Contemporary Art Award: Peter Dornauf Floor Talk

Hear Peter Dornauf's sharp and witty observations on the exhibited artworks.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Art and Crime Stories

Join Penelope Jackson and Arthur Tompkins to learn about their journeys into writing about art crime, and some of the fascinating stories they’ve encountered. This visual presentation will capture local, national ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Aug-2018

Scene On the Street: Hamilton’s CBD 1900 - 2000

The CBD is the beating heart of our city. Since the 19th century, people from Hamilton and surrounding districts have come to town not only to work and do business, but to shop, eat, see plays and films, gather in ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 24-Aug-2018, 25-Aug-2018, 26-Aug-2018, 27-Aug-2018, 28-Aug-2018, 29-Aug-2018 View more sessions

The Best from the Musicals

Cambridge Brass Quintet showcasing music from musicals.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 26-Aug-2018

Arts + Climate Innovation Roadshow

Sarah Meads from Track Zero – Arts Inspiring Climate Action is joined by Dr James Renwick and Dr Tim Naish to discuss arts sector engagement and response to climate change.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 30-Aug-2018

Musical Feast

Hear top young musicians from the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato showcase their talent in the gallery.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 06-Sep-2018

Maaori Arts and Crafts – Tukutuku/Wall Panel

Maaori arts and crafts with Marei Kura Creations. Learn about traditional tukutuku (wall panels) and make your own contemporary one to take home.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 07-Sep-2018

National Contemporary Art Award: Alternative Reading

Waikato Museum Curator Leafa Wilson offers alternative readings of a selection of National Contemporary Art Award works from a ‘Women in Art’ perspective.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 07-Sep-2018

Maaori Language Week/Te Wiki o Te Reo Maaori

Take part in our discovery trail. Walk the free galleries and look for new words in te reo Maaori.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 09-Sep-2018, 10-Sep-2018, 11-Sep-2018, 12-Sep-2018, 13-Sep-2018, 14-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Storytelling On the Marae (Te Reo)

Traditional and contemporary stories presented in te reo Maaori for our youngest visitors and their families.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 12-Sep-2018

Mosaic Workshop

Join international mosaic tutor Sandra Sesto-Dekic on an introductory practical workshop and create your own mosaic piece. Materials and tools provided.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 14-Sep-2018

Ida Carey and Women in Art – Curator’s Talk

Exhibition curator and art historian Penelope Jackson talks about Ida Carey and women artists in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 19-Sep-2018

Musical Feast

Hear top young musicians from the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato showcase their talent in the gallery.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Sep-2018

Cats, Trains and Whimsy: Exquisite Etchings by Gary Tricker

Gary Tricker has been a printmaker for the last 48 years and shows no signs of stopping. Tricker has mastered all the various techniques of intaglio printmaking. He etches only onto copper plates because it produces ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 27-Sep-2018, 28-Sep-2018, 29-Sep-2018, 30-Sep-2018, 01-Oct-2018, 02-Oct-2018 View more sessions

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