Matariki the Star of the Year talk
3 August 2017, 5.30pm-6.30pm.
Dr Rangi Matamua will share with us in a public talk what Matariki was in a traditional sense, so it can be understood and celebrated in our modern society. Image: Erica Sinclair.
Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs
13 May - 13 August 2017
Step back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in Permian Monsters: life before the dinosaurs.
2017 National Contemporary Art Award
Exhibition open from 29 July – 5 November 2017
The winner of the 2017 National Contemporary Art Award will receive $20,000 from major sponsors Tompkins Wake and Chow:Hill.
School visits to Waikato Museum
Our education programmes offer a curriculum-based, dynamic, outcome-orientated learning experience.
Experience the majestic Te Winika, a 200-year-old carved waka taua (war canoe) gifted by Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu.
Waikato Museum's and ArtsPost's galleries feature long and short-term shows to delight and inspire.
Our engaging visitor experiences bring the museum to life. Join us for art, craft and music or take a tour.
We have more than 28,000 objects in our collections and you can now view many of these items online.
Whether it's an exclusive soiree or a fun children's birthday party, we'll work with you to make it happen.Find out more
Get more from your museum visit. Have fun playing I-Spy, become a Museum Master or take part in a free craft event.Find out more
Charges apply to some exhibitions and activities.
10 am – 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day