Waikato Museum

The Waikato Museum is situated in the city of Hamilton, in the Waikato region of New Zealand.

Previously called the Waikato Museum of Art and History, the full name has been shortened in recent years due to the incorporation Exscite, an interactive science centre, and the emphasis on Tangata Whenua or Maori Studies. Its current address is 1 Grantham Street, in the south end of the main CBD of Hamilton, where it has been based since 1987. It sits on land gifted to the Hamilton City Council by the Tainui Tribe, and there is a strong Tainui presence in the museum. Previously the museum was based in London Street.

The museum has twelve galleries that exhibit long-term and touring exhibitions. Displays include a 200 year old carved Waka Taua (a Maori war canoe, Te Winika), artworks by regional and other New Zealand artists, and science exhibits.

Controversy has surrounded the museum, from its inception in 1987, to its continued move towards the new concepts of edutainment and interactive exhibits. Presently there is a balance between the different types of exhibits.

Building Activity

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    OpenBuildings added a digital reference
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