Russell Museum Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka

Russell Museum tells the story of Ipipiri, the eastern Bay of Islands - the first landing site and settlement of the Polynesians. Kororareka Russell township is NZ's first town. The Museum documents the earliest years of Mäori/European contact, including Capt. James Cook, Du Fresne, and Charles Darwin; Kororareka Russell was where the Northern Wars started with the sacking of the township. There are also artefacts relating to Russell's 100 years as a port for whaling and trading. A 12-minute DVD outlines Russell's history. The Museum sells Heritage Trail booklets to encourage visitors to explore the town and its surrounds. The shop specialises in books about the history of the northern region.

Contact Details

2 York Street, Russell 0202

09 4037701

Visitor Information

2 York Street, Russell

Daily 10am - 4pm

Adults: $10.00 / Seniors: $9.00 School Groups: $5.00 per child, accompaning teachers free


Wheelchair access

Reference library



Guided tour

Public programmes


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