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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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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: 20-May-2018, 21-May-2018, 22-May-2018, 23-May-2018, 24-May-2018, 25-May-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: 20-May-2018, 21-May-2018, 22-May-2018, 23-May-2018, 24-May-2018, 25-May-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: 20-May-2018, 21-May-2018, 22-May-2018, 23-May-2018, 24-May-2018, 25-May-2018 View more sessions

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: 20-May-2018, 21-May-2018, 22-May-2018, 23-May-2018, 24-May-2018, 25-May-2018 View more sessions

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: 20-May-2018, 21-May-2018, 22-May-2018, 23-May-2018, 24-May-2018, 25-May-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: 20-May-2018, 21-May-2018, 22-May-2018, 23-May-2018, 24-May-2018, 25-May-2018 View more sessions

Curator Talk: 50 Years of Fieldays

Join Curator Dr Dan Morrow as he talks about 50 years of Fieldays.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 25-May-2018

Jan’s Friends In the Lounge

Friends and fans of Jan Nigro are invited to share stories and experiences about the artist and her work.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 26-May-2018

Roaring Twenties

Join us for an afternoon of “jazzed” up music with the Cambridge Brass Quintet.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 27-May-2018

A Night At the Museum

Join Lavender Events for a 'Night at the Museum'. We are working alongside Epilepsy NZ to raise awareness and minimise the stigma surrounding epilepsy. So, what better way to do this than holding an art show ...

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 28-May-2018

Maaori Arts and Crafts – Contemporary Poi

Learn about traditional poi and make your own to take home.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 01-Jun-2018

Eureka: The Inventions of Archimedes – Autism-Friendly

Experience the exhibition in an autism-friendly environment. Online bookings only.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 02-Jun-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: 14-Jun-2018

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

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

Boundless: Floor Talk

With Carole Shepheard, exhibition selector. Image: Spraycan, Nicole Sanders-O’Shea

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 16-Jun-2018

Matariki Stars

Join us to weave stars from string at the hui-a-toi craft table. Materials provided. All welcome. Image: Taupiri, photographed by Erica Sinclair.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 15-Jun-2018, 16-Jun-2018

Storytelling On the Marae

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

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 20-Jun-2018

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

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

Eureka: The Very Last Late Night

Farewell Eureka! Be with Archimedes for his last night at Waikato Museum. Limited numbers, online bookings encouraged.

Region:Hamilton
Dates: 23-Jun-2018

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