Tuesday 28 May 2024 10:00 AM - Friday 31 January 2025 5:00 PM


Waikato Museum
1 Grantham Street
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Contact Details

Phone: 07 838 6606

Maps, historical artefacts, art, photographs and installations tell the story of the changing demographic and geographic shape of Hamilton.

The place we now know as Hamilton has been shaped by many layers of human intervention, changed forever by iwi agriculture, military officers, bridge-builders, and university students. Few of the features of Hamilton as we find them today are here by chance.

The exhibition traces key events that altered the geography and demography of the city, focusing on the decisions that shaped our region. You can position yourself in the shoes of the decision-makers who influenced its past at ‘voting stations’, and vote for the direction you would choose at each juncture.

The exhibition positions human agency at the heart of our history, welcoming visitors to reflect on their own role in creating their city’s future.

Education programmes are available for this exhibition.


Image: City of Hamilton district plan map, 1963. Collection of Hamilton City Libraries 832.141 EDC