Discover what's inside Waikato Museum. Seated on the banks of the Waikato River in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct, Waikato Museum provides a rich experience of the arts and culture of the region. Presenting an inspired programme which seeks to challenge and celebrate, the museum tells the stories of our arts, culture, history and science.
Waikato Museum's 12 galleries exhibit a range of long-term and touring exhibitions. Highlights include the majestic 200-year-old carved Waka Taua (Maaori war canoe) - Te Winika, artwork by prominent New Zealand and regional artists and engaging and interactive science experiences.
A regular programme of activities and events is available to further enhance your visit, as well as ArtsPost Galleries & Shop next door.
ArtsPost sells a uniquely New Zeland range of quality art and design pieces. The three galleries at ArtsPost feature new exhibitions from Waikato artists every 5-6 weeks.
Long-term exhibitions at Waikato Museum:
'Ngaa Pou Whenua' the modern story of the four iwi of Tainui; Waikato, Pare Hauraki, Raukawa and Maniapoto. An exhibition of Tainui people and Tainui lands.
'Never A Dull Moment!' is a quirky and engaging local history exhibition with a focus on Hamilton's settler history from 1864 until 1945.
'The Mighty River Waikato: from Hinaki to Hydropower': Explore the wildlife and workings of Waikato River.
'Exscite: Interactive Science Gallery' introduces science to young people and encourages active learning while having fun!
Visit our website for information on new exhibitions