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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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Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017

Waiclay was established in 2001 at a national convention in the Waikato which included a national ceramic exhibition at Waikato Museum. Waiclay has continued this special relationship with Waikato Museum by holding a ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Jan-2018, 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-2018 View more sessions

Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa - A Dissonant Harmony

Bringing together work by artists from across Waikato and beyond to explore the complexity of our relationship with the kauri tree and its forest, Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony inhabits the space where concepts ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Jan-2018, 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-2018 View more sessions

The New Zealand Tree Project

In 2015, climbers, scientists and photographers spent more than 100 hours over four weeks high in the boughs of giant Rimu and Kahikatea trees within the biodiverse Pureora Forest. Using a specially-designed camera ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Jan-2018, 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-2018 View more sessions

Nigel Brown: I Am, We Are

A wide-ranging yet cohesive exhibition, I Am, We Are features exemplary works from many distinct periods of Brown’s artistic exploration over the last 35 years. The diverse themes represented in the exhibition are ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Jan-2018, 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-2018 View more sessions

Freedom & Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960

A revolutionary style, Cubism’s influence spread globally beyond Europe and the United States to Asia and Australasia, affecting other disciplines including architecture, design and fashion. Freedom and Structure ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Jan-2018, 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-2018 View more sessions

Modern[isms]: Identifying a Regional New Zealand Modernism

This selection of modernist works comes from Waikato Museum’s permanent collections. From the many (isms) related to modernism, the exhibition looks at examples of works that are directly influenced by European ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Jan-2018, 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-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: 20-Jan-2018, 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-2018 View more sessions

January School Holiday Programme

Summer is here! Have fun at the Museum these school holidays. Leave the children with us to enjoy supervised, tutored programmes. Supervised Day Programmes: 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, strictly for ages 7-13 ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Jan-2018, 22-Jan-2018, 23-Jan-2018, 24-Jan-2018, 25-Jan-2018

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: 26-Jan-2018, 27-Jan-2018, 28-Jan-2018, 29-Jan-2018, 30-Jan-2018, 31-Jan-2018 View more sessions

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: 26-Jan-2018

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: 28-Jan-2018, 28-Feb-2018, 31-Mar-2018, 01-Apr-2018, 02-Apr-2018, 03-Apr-2018 View more sessions

Dr Kim King Talk: The History of Pureora Forest

A unique opportunity to hear Dr Kim King talk about the ‘Drama of Conservation’. Join in and have your book signed.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 01-Feb-2018

Waiclay Artists’ Floor Talk

Join our Waiclay finalists and learn about ceramic techniques, their artistic background and inspiration.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 02-Feb-2018

Waitangi Day

Waikato Museum hosts Waitangi Day celebrations featuring performances, crafts, tours and kids activities for the community from the community.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 05-Feb-2018

Concept Garden Talk and Walk

Start at Waikato Museum with a Curator’s Talk followed by a guided tour at Hamilton Gardens. In collaboration with Hamilton Gardens Art Festival.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 09-Feb-2018

Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa - A Dissonant Harmony Curator Talk

10-10:45am at Waikato Museum followed by optional field trip to Hakarimata Kauri Loop. Talk and walk! Experience an exciting combination of art, nature and conservation led and delivered by The Kauri Project. Own ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 09-Feb-2018

Storytelling On the Marae

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

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 14-Feb-2018

Freedom & Structure: Curator’s Floor Talk

Auckland Art Gallery Curator Julia Waite talks about the significant effect of cubism on New Zealand painting.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 17-Feb-2018

Bat Tour

Ever wondered what creatures come out at night in Hamilton city? Book into one of our famous Bat Tours and find out! Join us for an entertaining and informative experience at the Museum, before we go out bat spotting ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Feb-2018

Te Tai Headpiece With Louisa Humphry

Join artist Louisa Humphry as she demonstrates a creation of a Kiribati headpiece using traditional and contemporary materials, followed by a lively dance performance.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Feb-2018

Eureka: The Inventions of Archimedes Exhibition Preview

An exclusive preview of Eureka: The Inventions of Archimedes – be among the first people in New Zealand to experience this international touring exhibition. Online bookings only.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 02-Mar-2018

Maaori Arts and Crafts – Make Raatana/Lanterns

Maaori arts and crafts led by Marei Kura Creations.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 01-Mar-2018

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: 02-Mar-2018, 03-Mar-2018, 04-Mar-2018, 05-Mar-2018, 06-Mar-2018, 07-Mar-2018 View more sessions

Children's Day

Enjoy free entry to Excite and Milk Matters and many more fun activities around the Museum.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 02-Mar-2018

Bat Tour

Ever wondered what creatures come out at night in Hamilton city? Book into one of our famous Bat Tours and find out! Join us for an entertaining and informative experience at the Museum, before we go out bat spotting ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 09-Mar-2018

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: 08-Mar-2018, 09-Mar-2018, 10-Mar-2018, 11-Mar-2018, 12-Mar-2018, 13-Mar-2018 View more sessions

Greek Myths Demystified

An informative storytelling session featuring Greek mythology. Fun family activity for creative thinkers.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 10-Mar-2018

Storytelling On the Marae

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

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 14-Mar-2018

Pi Day, The Mathematical Celebration

Pi (the mathematical constant starting with 3.14…) is marked on March 14. Help us honour this arithmetic occasion with fun pi-themed activities. Combine with a visit to our Eureka: The Inventions of Archimedes ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 16-Mar-2018

Musical Feast

Hear top young musicians from the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 21-Mar-2018

Bat Tour

Ever wondered what creatures come out at night in Hamilton city? Book into one of our famous Bat Tours and find out! Join us for an entertaining and informative experience at the Museum, before we go out bat spotting ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Mar-2018

Eureka: The Inventions of Archimedes Late Night

After hours experience at the Museum. Online bookings essential.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 24-Mar-2018

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: 29-Mar-2018, 30-Mar-2018, 31-Mar-2018, 01-Apr-2018, 02-Apr-2018, 03-Apr-2018 View more sessions

Easter Basket Crafts

Celebrate Easter at our hui-a-toi table. Make and take home a basket for your Easter treats.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 29-Mar-2018, 30-Mar-2018, 31-Mar-2018, 01-Apr-2018

Museum Easter Hunt

Find the hidden egg stickers in our free galleries for an Easter treat.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 29-Mar-2018, 30-Mar-2018, 31-Mar-2018, 01-Apr-2018

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