1 Grantham Street
Central City


Monday to Sunday
10am - 5pm

Contact Details

Phone: 07 838 6606

Cost and Booking

Free Entry (Donations/koha welcome)
Charges apply to some exhibitions


Waikato Museum's exhibitions and events tell our stories from a regional and global perspective, and include art, history, tangata whenua culture and science from touring exhibitions and the museum’s own collections.

Sited on the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct at the south-end of the city centre, Waikato Museum's 13 galleries feature more than 25 new exhibitions and 100 public events annually. Through this interactive programme, the museum aims to engage and inspire local and international visitors.

Highlights include the majestic war waka Te Winika, For Us They Fell, the Waikato WW1 story, Exscite and Planet Warriors, the fun hands-on science galleries for children; and the museum’s galleries which exhibit a rich blend of artworks and taonga Maaori.

Waikato Museum in its current building was opened in 1987. The architect was the late Ivan Mercep of JASMaD (now Jasmax), Auckland, the same architect who went on to design New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. To find out more visit