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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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Te Haerenga the Journey: Toward Te Whare Taonga O Waikato

Thirty years ago this October, a purpose-built museum opened in Grantham Street, Hamilton. This event was the culmination of years of planning and community activism. While the journey toward a new museum was long ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017

The Cold Islanders

The physical adjustment to the cold winters of Aotearoa would have been difficult for Maaori, equally so for the second wave of Pacific migrants on arrival here. The second and third generations of Pacific and Oceanic ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Geometry

Artists from almost every culture create art that is based upon geometric shapes. Everything in nature has a shape, so the very nature of drawing from nature is an attempt at recreating geometric shapes. At times, ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Martin Poppelwell: Index

This exhibition, toured by Hastings City Art Gallery, exhibits a new body of work from Hawke’s Bay artist Martin Poppelwell. This idiosyncratic look at the alphabet uses images and icons that Poppelwell has built up ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Strangely Familiar: Portraits by Wayne Youle

Curated by Helen Kedgley, this exhibition consists of a series of bold, stylised portraits of well-known, recognisable New Zealand art world personalities Wayne Youle admires - from Ralph Hotere to Rita Angus to Philip ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 View more sessions

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: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 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: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 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: 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Behind Closed Doors: Collection Tour

We have more than 30,000 objects in our collection, take a tour with curator Salina Ghazally and see what is in store! Book your ticket in person during Museum opening hours or book it online (online bookings include ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Nov-2017

Bat Tour

Our famous Bat Tours are back. Supported by Waikato Regional Council, Project Echo and Kessels Book your ticket in person during Museum opening hours or book it online (online bookings include a booking fee per ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 24-Nov-2017

Tree-mersion

An enhanced experience of our Te Rongo Aniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony and New Zealand Tree Project exhibitions. 10:30am - Musical performance by Clinton Watkins 10:45am - Te Rongo Aniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony artists ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 24-Nov-2017

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-Nov-2017, 28-Dec-2017, 28-Jan-2018, 28-Feb-2018, 31-Mar-2018, 01-Apr-2018 View more sessions

Maaori Arts and Crafts: Koowhaiwhai

Celebrate Maaori arts and crafts on the first Friday of the month with Marei Kura Creations. This time we will be crafting Koowhaiwhai.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 30-Nov-2017

Santa Trail

Can you find all the Santas hidden in our galleries? Explore the Museum and go in the draw to win a small family pass to Milk Matters and Exscite.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 30-Nov-2017, 01-Dec-2017, 02-Dec-2017, 03-Dec-2017, 04-Dec-2017, 05-Dec-2017 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: 01-Dec-2017, 02-Dec-2017, 03-Dec-2017, 04-Dec-2017, 05-Dec-2017, 06-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Family Fun Day: World Soil Day

A fun educational day making soil profiles, clay sculptures and more. In collaboration with the University of Waikato and New Zealand Society for Soil Scientists. 11am -2pm Museum Forecourt activities (School entrance ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 08-Dec-2017

Sunday Recital: Pianist Liam Wooding

Liam will play an eclectic mix of works for all to enjoy.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 10-Dec-2017

Freedom and Structure: Cubism In 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: 15-Dec-2017, 16-Dec-2017, 17-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017, 20-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Christmas Crafts

Christmas craft and art-making fun.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 15-Dec-2017, 16-Dec-2017

Christmas Crafts

Christmas craft and art-making fun.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 22-Dec-2017, 23-Dec-2017

Christmas Music With the Cambridge Brass Quintet

An hour of festive music to get you in the spirit!

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 24-Dec-2017

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