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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
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Milk Matters: Towards Sustainable Dairying

What does sustainable dairying look like and how is it be achieved? In this highly interactive, educational exhibition created for children and families, we explore issues and highlight advancements in agricultural ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Apr-2018, 24-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018, 27-Apr-2018, 28-Apr-2018 View more sessions

Hamilton’s New Concept Garden

With more than 1 million annual visitors, Hamilton Gardens is Waikato’s most popular tourist destination and the pride of our city. A unique local attraction, the Gardens is expected to play a major role as plans ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 22-Apr-2018, 23-Apr-2018, 24-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018, 27-Apr-2018 View more sessions

The Horses Stayed Behind

Ten-thousand horses left New Zealand for the front lines in World War One, only four returned. It was this fact that occupied Cat Auburn during her time in Whanganui as Tylee Cottage artist-in-residence. For The ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 22-Apr-2018, 23-Apr-2018, 24-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018, 27-Apr-2018 View more sessions

Eureka: The Inventions of Archimedes

Waikato Museum is the exclusive New Zealand venue to host this international touring exhibition showcasing the inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the ‘Father of Modern Science’. Visitors will ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 22-Apr-2018, 23-Apr-2018, 24-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018, 27-Apr-2018 View more sessions

Future Islands: Venice Architecture Biennale

'Future Islands' was New Zealand’s exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Drawing on narratives of islands as sites of possibility, or alternative ways of living, 'Future Islands' presents built and ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 22-Apr-2018, 23-Apr-2018, 24-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018, 27-Apr-2018 View more sessions

Monumental: The Sensitive Lens of Laurence Aberhart

From Waikato River’s source at Lake Taupoo-nui-a-Tia to where it meets the ocean at Tuakau, Laurence Aberhart takes us with him on a five-year journey (1990 – 1995) with the taniwha. It almost seems they have guided ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 22-Apr-2018, 23-Apr-2018, 24-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018, 27-Apr-2018 View more sessions

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: 22-Apr-2018, 23-Apr-2018, 24-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018, 27-Apr-2018 View more sessions

April School Holiday Programme

Supervised programmes for ages 7-13 years. (Except ANZAC Day). Have fun at the Museum these school holidays. Leave the children with us to enjoy supervised, tutored programmes. The Eureka Story: Monday 16 April ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 22-Apr-2018, 23-Apr-2018, 25-Apr-2018, 26-Apr-2018

ANZAC Day

Talks, tours, music performances and gallery activities throughout the day.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 24-Apr-2018

Final Weekend Fun

Sign off the school holidays and get ready to go back to school. Get creative and have a go at your favourite crafts.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 27-Apr-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: 03-May-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: 03-May-2018, 04-May-2018, 05-May-2018, 06-May-2018, 07-May-2018, 08-May-2018 View more sessions

Maaori Arts and Crafts – Purerehua/Spinning Disc

Learn about taonga puoro/traditional Maaori musical instruments and make your own purerehua/spinning disc.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 04-May-2018

Mokaa: The Land of Opportunity

Celebrate 125 years of Indian New Zealanders in this exhibition with remarkable stories and close to 100 compelling and rarely seen photographs. Curated by the New Zealand Indian Central Association, the exhibition ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 04-May-2018, 05-May-2018, 06-May-2018, 07-May-2018, 08-May-2018, 09-May-2018 View more sessions

Mokaa/Opportunity: Indian Culture Day

A celebration of Indian culture and the land of opportunity.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 04-May-2018

New Zealand Sign Language Week Trail

Learn sign language letters while exploring the Museum. Supported by Deaf Aotearoa.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 06-May-2018, 07-May-2018, 08-May-2018, 09-May-2018, 10-May-2018, 11-May-2018 View more sessions

Storytelling On the Marae

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

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 09-May-2018

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: 10-May-2018, 11-May-2018, 12-May-2018, 13-May-2018, 14-May-2018, 15-May-2018 View more sessions

Mother’s Day Concert

A gift of warming tunes from the Cambridge Brass Quintet.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 13-May-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: 17-May-2018

International Museums Day – New Approaches, New Publics

A guided tour of our collections with a curator. Note: Free child’s admission with each paying adult.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 18-May-2018

Print Matters: Works on Paper - Print Council of Aotearoa Ne

This exhibition shows the breadth of printmaking undertaken by Print Council of New Zealand members using a range of traditional and contemporary techniques, processes, materials and concepts. Printmaking in Aotearoa ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 14-Jun-2018, 15-Jun-2018, 16-Jun-2018, 17-Jun-2018, 18-Jun-2018, 19-Jun-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: 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018 View more sessions

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