On the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of the Hamilton cultural precinct, Waikato Museum – Te Whare Taonga o Waikato provides a rich experience of the arts and culture of Hamilton and the Waikato region.

Our exhibitions and activities tell the stories of this region and include visual art, social history, Maori stories and science.

2018 highlights include the majestic waka Te Winika and long-term exhibitions For Us They Fell and Te Whaanau Maarama: The Heavenly Bodies. Our galleries exhibit a rich blend of artworks from touring exhibitions and the museum’s own collections while 'Exscite' and 'Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks' provide fun, hands-on science entertainment for families.

Facilities and Services


Business Hours
10am - 5pm open daily except Christmas Day.
Months of Operation
All Year


Proximity To Airport
30 minutes drive
Proximity To Coach Terminal
Free city bus stops outside. 10-15 minute walk from Hamilton Transport Centre
Proximity To Town
Central City


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