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Mercury Bay Regional Museum

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The Cook display, in the full sized copy of the great cabin of HMB Endeavour depicts Cook in full dress uniform, Joseph Banks, botanist and a cabin boy. The intricate carving on the stern is copied from the replica Endeavour. A thirty-five minute DVD Twelve Days - Captain Cook in Mercury Bay can be viewed in our screening room (and/or purchased for
$18.00) , which also houses photos of settler families who have been here for over one hundred years, and aerial photos showing the development of the township of Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay area.
In the foyer is a full sized statue of Kupe, his wife and his tohunga.
Kupe named an area along the beach after his marae in Tahiti, Taputapuatea. Down the ramp into the Museum proper is a display of Melanesian artifacts, collected over 100 years ago, with interpretation signs connecting the Pacific languages back to Taiwan, then onto the history of the tangata whenua. There is a display of the wreck of HMS Buffalo, (1840), a settler's room, the White Family Room, who settled in this area in the 1860's and who can trace their family back to Abel Tasman. Further into the Museum is the agricultural display, including the butter churn standing in the same spot as it did when the building was a butter factory. There is a 1953 school room, a nature display of birds of this area, a blacksmith shop and the very popular Kauri Room.

Right across the wharf and the ferry service, our Museum stands on an historic site, as before the dairy factory was built it was the site of the Kauri Timber Company Mill. Prior to that, the site was an urupa; the two crew members who lost their lives in the HMS Buffalo were buried there.

Collection Type
Historic Site, History, Maritime, Military, Natural History, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconMercury Bay Museum 11A The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510
Telephone number icon07 866 0730
Web address iconhttp://www.mercurybaymuseum.co.nz
Email address iconinfo@mercurybaymuseum.co.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address iconMercury Bay Museum 11A The Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconOpen every day (Christmas excluded) 10am to 4pm
Charges iconAdult - $5.00 Child 50 cents Family, two adults and two or more children $11.00

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