See the regions unique history by visiting the Waikato museum of Art and History open daily from 10am – 4:30pm.
The museum was established in 1987 and is one of Hamilton’s biggest and more extraordinary buildings. The person who designed the museum was Ivan Mercep of JASMaD, Auckland, the same architect who designed Wellington’s museum, Te Papa.
The museum has five levels and 12 galleries and overlooks the river on the corner of Victoria and Grantham streets.
Inside you will find a large collection of New Zealand art, history of Waikato and of the local Tainui people (a river tribe). In the midst of all the Maori treasures, is the delicately decorated war canoe Te Wainika, which was presented to the museum in 1973 by Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the Maori Queen.
There is also a cafe inside the museum so you can relax and enjoy a spot of lunch.
Entry to the museum is free however donations are welcome.
Paid parking is available next to and on the street around the Waikato Museum. There is also a parking building on Hood Street, within easy walking distance of the Waikato Museum.
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1 Grantham Street (at the South end of Victoria Street)
Phone: 07 838 6606
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