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30 Years at Grantham Street

5 August - 26 November 2017

To mark Waikato Museum's 30 years at its Grantham Street site, a series of exhibitions and events will celebrate its forerunner institutions, highlights of the three decades of operation, the diversity of our collection, and our role in the community.






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Te Haerenga The Journey:
Toward Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

5 August - 26 November
Thirty years ago this October, a purpose-built museum and art gallery opened in Grantham Street, Hamilton. This event was the culmination of years of planning and community activism. More.

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Ngaa Taonga: Treasures from Waikato Museum
Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

1 September - 29 October
The Museum houses over 30,000 artefacts including taonga Maaori, art, social history and science. This exhibition celebrates some of the treasures from the Museum’s collection.


Ken Gorbey

Ken Gorbey Talk

2 September, 2-3pm, free event.
Ken Gorbey, Director of Waikato Museum 1971-1985, discusses Waikato Museum’s role in forming, at a personal level, new ideas about the role of museums in communities and nations around the world.



Curator Talk: Treasures from the Waikato Museum

10 September, 3-4pm, free event. 
Dr Dan Morrow will talk in depth about the treasures from the collection, and reasons for selection.



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Te Winika Floor Talk

24 September, 2-3pm, free event.
Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku MNZM will talk about the magnificent waka taua, Te Winika.

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Tainui Carvings Floor Talk: Wikuki Kingi

7 October, 2pm-3pm, free event.
Wikuki Kingi, Master Carver from Kirikiriroa Marae, will share the history and significance of the carvings in Te Whare o Te Winika. 

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Civic Choir Performance

8 October, 3pm-4pm, free event.
A delightful programme that will have something for everyone to enjoy.


Heritage Talk: Dr Ann McEwen

14 October, 2pm-3pm, free event.
Heritage Consultant Dr Ann McEwen shares her insights into Waikato’s architectural history.

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Curator Talk: Treasures from the Waikato Museum

15 October, 2pm-3pm, free event.
Join Leafa Wilson for a talk about the art treasures from the exhibition collection.

Ron Brownson

Auckland Art Gallery Curator Talk: Ron Brownson

22 October 2017, 2pm-3pm, free event.
Auckland Art Gallery Senior Curator Ron Brownson shares his favourites from the Ngaa Taonga exhibition.

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Curator Talk: Treasures from the Waikato Museum

28 October, 3pm-4pm, free event.
Join Salina Ghazally for a lively talk about the science treasures in the Ngaa Taonga exhibition.

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Conal McCarthy Talk: Museums and Indigenous People

29 October, 3pm-4pm, free event.
Hear how the relationship between museums and heritage and indigenous people has changed in the last three decades.

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Behind Closed Doors: Collection Tour

11 November, 2pm-3pm, $8. 
15 November, 5pm-6pm, $8. 
24 November 11am-12pm, $8.

We have more than 28,000 objects in our collection, take a tour with one of our curators and see what is in store!


 Dr Marama Muru Lanning  

Tupuna Awa, River Ancestor: The People of
the Waikato River

18 November, 2pm-3pm, free event.
Dr Marama Muru-Lanning (Waikato Tainui, Ngaati Maniapoto) shares stories about her personal connection to the river and its significance to Waikato Maaori.