Waikato Museum Hamilton Reviews
Gripping exhibitions for the whole family Sep 12, 2010
The Waikato Museum ('Te Whare Taonga o Waikato' in Maori language) is situated close to Vicotria Street, in the CBD of Hamilton, right next to the city's Artpost Galleries and close to the Waikato River.
The museum's mission to underline the significance of Maori culture as the origin of the country's traditions, heritage and development is visible straight away because the Waikato Museum provides loads of true Maori treasures which are always available for its visitors.
Apart from those exhibits the museums often hosts different interesting, multi-faceted and catching exhibitions for a certain period of time.
From September 2010 to February 2011 the neat and catchy dinosaur exhibition 'Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies' is shown. This exhibition is a kind of interactive experience for the whole family.
The exhibition allows the visitor to gather heaps of information about the large variety of all those fascinating creatures that used to live millions of years ago.
Many exhibits are reconstructed skeletons or nests but you also get the unique opportunity of touching real dinosaur bones.
There are diverse informative films to watch, countless information boards to study, and numerous stations where visitors, especially the younger ones, are able to make their very own dinosaur experience.
In addition to those usual exhibitions which are organised in four sections: Visual Arts, Tangata Whenua, Science and Social History, the museum offers a wide range of educational programmes for school classes and kids during school holidays, concerts and lectures, cocktail evenings or seated dinners.
The museum opens its doors daily from 10.00 in the morning until 4.30 in the afternoon and the admission fees are definitely reasonable because the hosted exhibitions and events are completely worth the money. Besides there are also exhibitions that you can visit for free which makes a stop at the museum even more attractive.
Thanks to the exciting Maori background, nicely arranged exhibitions which mostly include really unique interactive actions and the close location to some pretty lovely cafés in town the Waikato Museum is absolutely recommended.
Part of the New Zealand 2010/11 travel blog
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