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Spectacular handcrafted ‘Wharenui Harikoa’ arrives at Waikato Museum

28 November 2023

Nearly 6m tall and made from 5,000 balls of yarn, Lissy and Rudi's spectacular handcrafted wharenui [meeting house] will be revealed this week. More

New exhibition makes a splash at Waikato Museum

31 October 2023

Vintage swimwear, historical photographs, and a newly commissioned artwork inspired by the Waikato River are all part of "In the Swim", open from Friday 3 November. More

Reawakened tradition wins People’s Choice Award

26 October 2023

Cora-Allan's artwork made using traditional Niuean techniques has won the prestigious People's Choice Award for the National Contemporary Art Award 2023. More

Modern master of Maaori art: Sandy Adsett retrospective opening soon

27 September 2023

Spanning a monumental six decades, 'Toi Koru: Sandy Adsett' is the first major survey exhibition of paintings by Maaori artist Sandy Adsett. More

School holiday solutions: It’s easy to ‘Find Your Fun’ in Hamilton Kirikiriroa

12 September 2023

Whaanau-friendly activities are easy to find these school holidays, thanks to a collaborative activity guide and website. More

Award-winning artwork inspired by Maaori ancestors

11 September 2023

Waikato Museum has the honour of being the first venue nationwide to host this travelling exhibition of the 2023 The Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award. More

Crustacean celebrities on display at Waikato Museum

5 September 2023

Crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles and slaters are the stars of a new mini exhibition created by Te Papa in collaboration with NIWA Taihoro Nukurangi. More

Visual ode to biculturalism wins $20,000 National Contemporary Art Award

28 July 2023

Artist Tawhai Rickard has won the prestigious National Contemporary Art Award for a “nuanced and generous” installation artwork. More

Rita Angus exhibition open now

20 July 2023

On tour from Te Papa, "Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa" is now on display at Hamilton’s Waikato Museum. More

50 years of majestic waka at Waikato Museum

6 July 2023

The majestic 200-year-old waka, Te Winika, celebrates 50 years of residence at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato this weekend (8 July). More

Matariki magic at Hamilton’s best loved locations

26 June 2023

Matariki celebrations are in full swing at Hamilton’s top visitor destinations with free events and activities, ranging from movie screenings to a star-themed scavenger hunt. More

Creative gate wins People’s Choice Award

22 June 2023

A hand-crafted collaborative work has won the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Museum staff share stories sparked by collection

19 June 2023

Our new exhibition 'Taonga Talking' has an eclectic and intriguing selection of objects from the Museum’s collection on display, each one individually picked by our kaimahi [staff members]. More

‘Embrace the complexity’: Local histories showcased in relaunched exhibition

9 June 2023

A fresh perspective is bringing local history alive with the relaunch of ‘Shaping Hamilton Huringa Kirikiriroa’ at Waikato Museum. More

Connectivity wins the 2023 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

26 May 2023

Artist Ricks Terstappen from Hawke’s Bay has won the top prize in this year’s Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award for his artwork “Connectivity”. More

Finalists selected from record-breaking number of entries for National Contemporary Art Award

24 May 2023

From hundreds of entries, 41 artworks have been selected as finalists for this year's National Contemporary Art Award. More

Winner announced soon for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

19 May 2023

The annual competition will be hotly contested, with 26 innovative artists vying for a prize pool worth more than $8,500. More

Local landscape artist honoured at Waikato Museum

3 May 2023

A retrospective exhibition of landscape works by Margot Philips, one of the region’s most distinctive 20th century artists, will open on Friday 12 May 2023. More

Finalists announced for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

28 April 2023

Twenty-six artists from across New Zealand have been named as finalists for the 2023 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Entries close soon for National Contemporary Art Award

24 April 2023

Less than two weeks remain to enter the National Contemporary Art Award for 2023. More

Last chance to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

11 April 2023

It is the first time Waikato Museum has been home to the world-renowned exhibition, which will not be touring anywhere else in Aotearoa New Zealand.  More

Down to the wire: Less than two weeks left to enter art competition

3 April 2023

Entries for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award close at 1pm, Friday 14 April 2023. More

Waikato Museum’s Exscite grows into new phase

30 March 2023

Waikato Museum’s interactive centre for discovery, Exscite, has undergone the first stage of an extensive redevelopment project to be revealed to the public from Saturday 1 April. More

Easy Easter fun thanks to activity guide

28 March 2023

Keeping kids entertained during the Easter school holidays will be easy thanks to a collaborative activity guide and website produced by Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and Waikato Museum. More

Respected arts curator to judge cutting edge National Contemporary Art Award

22 February 2023

Entries are open now and the judge will be highly respected arts curator and commentator Melanie Oliver. More

Bite-sized history: Waikato Museum to host knitted yum cha feast

21 February 2023

A family feast lovingly made from knitted wool will be revealed when the exhibition Fortune by Bev Moon opens on Friday. More

Steel art specialist announced as judge for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

15 February 2023

Innovative New Zealand sculptor Hannah Kidd will judge the 2023 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Temporary closure due to Cyclone Gabrielle

12 February 2023

Waikato Museum will be closed on Monday 13 February due to Cyclone Gabrielle, re-opening at 12pm on Tuesday 14 February. More

‘Wildly inventive’ works to blend science and art at Waikato Museum

7 February 2023

Hamilton will host the largest ever presentation of artworks by sculptor/artist Elizabeth Thomson. More

Waitangi Day festival to be held at Waikato Museum

27 January 2023

Live music, kapa haka, and film screenings will be part of the free activities to mark Waitangi Day and the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. More

Go wild with summer fun in Hamilton Kirikiriroa

9 January 2023

Finding family fun this summer has never been easier thanks to a collaborative activity guide and website produced by three of Hamilton’s best-loved visitor destinations. More

Hamilton premiere for Wildlife Photographer of the Year

5 December 2022

For the first time, Waikato Museum will be home to this exhibition of the world’s most exceptional nature photography. More

Symposium to explore connections between creativity and wellbeing

11 November 2022

Waikato Museum will host a creative symposium focussed on the transformational power of art on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December. More

Handcrafted collage wins NCAA People’s Choice Award

2 November 2022

A detailed collage depicting the first encounters of Maaori and Paakehaa has won the People's Choice Award for the National Contemporary Art Award 2022. More

A battle against time: New exhibition reveals museum trade secrets

27 October 2022

A glimpse into the core work of a busy museum is on display in our new exhibition, "Collection Caretakers". More

Halloween chills and thrills coming to Waikato Museum

12 October 2022

Halloween will arrive early at Hamilton’s Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato with a series of spooky events to be held on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2022. More

Photographic exhibition explores Hamilton in the 1990s

5 October 2022

An intimate view of Hamilton’s recent history, "Jellicoe and Bledisloe" is open now at Waikato Museum. More

Stunning images unveiled as Wildlife Photographer of the Year comes to Waikato Museum

30 September 2022

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open on Friday 9 December. More

Find your fun in Hamilton these October school holidays

27 September 2022

Finding fun during the school holidays has never been easier thanks to a collaborative activity guide produced by three of Hamilton’s best-loved visitor destinations. More

Masks no longer required at Council facilities

13 September 2022

Hamilton City Council no longer requires Waikato Museum visitors to wear a mask, following the Government’s decision to retire the COVID-19 protection framework. More

A warm welcome from Kirikiriroa to newcomers

9 September 2022

Waikato Museum is proud to be taking part in Welcome Week 2022 to collaborate with, and celebrate new migrant and refugees to the city. More

Exhibition sheds light on lives of people with disability

11 August 2022

A multimedia exhibition showcasing the dreams, the talents and often the loneliness of people with intellectual disabilities opens on Saturday 13 August. More

‘Red handed’ artwork wins $20,000 National Contemporary Art Award

5 August 2022

Multimedia artist Emma Hercus has won the prestigious National Contemporary Art Award 2022 for a “majestically layered” artwork. More

Museum acquires spectacular paintings by Maaori artist

14 July 2022

Thanks to support from Trust Waikato, a series of spectacular paintings by one of New Zealand’s leading Maaori artists has been acquired by Waikato Museum. More

New artworks celebrate importance of creativity

7 July 2022

Opening on Saturday 9 July, Toi is Rongoaa is a large-scale exhibition which showcases deeply personal new work from fourteen contemporary Maaori artists. More

Finalists announced for 2022 National Contemporary Art Award

21 June 2022

This year's judge Reuben Paterson has selected 34 artists as the finalists for NCAA 2022. More

Stylish touring exhibition opens at Taupō Museum

15 June 2022

Toured by Waikato Museum, "Te Aho Tapu Hou: The new sacred thread" showcases distinctive garments created by Maaori designer and fashion activist Jeanine Clarkin. More

Space Race Style

1 June 2022

Discover the inspiration behind the 'retro lounge' within the exhibition Our Moon: Then, Now & Beyond. More

Inspiration flows through new Fred Graham exhibition

25 May 2022

A powerful exhibition bringing together the sculptures of world-renowned Tainui artist Fred Graham ONZM is now open at Waikato Museum. More

Star Gossage exhibition opens this weekend

28 April 2022

Star Gossage: He Tangata The People opens this weekend with a public talk within the gallery. More

Winning streak for No.8 Wire award recipient

21 April 2022

The blind-judging process resulted in a double win for artist Gina Ferguson. More

Find your April adventure

13 April 2022

We’ve got your fun sorted this April thanks to our action-packed activity guide. More

Emerging Maaori artists in conversation at Waikato Museum

4 April 2022

The creative journey of emerging Maaori artists will be explored at a panel discussion to be held this weekend Saturday 9 April. More

My Vaccine Pass will not be required to enter Museum

1 April 2022

Proof of vaccination will not be a requirement of entry at Waikato Museum or ArtsPost from 5 April 2022. More

Finalists named for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award competition

23 March 2022

Twenty-seven artists from across New Zealand have been named as 2022's finalists for this annual competition which challenges Kiwi creatives to transform No.8 Wire into inspiring art. More

Capture a moment under Our Moon and be in to win

22 March 2022

An out-of-this-world giveaway! Enter the prize draw by sharing your photos. More

Top artist to judge National Contemporary Art Award

21 March 2022

Entries are open now for the National Contemporary Art Award 2022. More

Our Moon exhibition lands at Waikato Museum this weekend

15 March 2022

Prepare for a close encounter! An out-of-this-world exhibition is launching this Saturday with the opening of Our Moon: Then, Now & Beyond. More

Two weeks to go for artists to enter No.8 Wire Award

1 March 2022

Just two weeks remain for artists to enter the annual Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award competition. More

Exhibition scratches at surface of forgotten art

17 February 2022

Everyday art scratched into eggshells, whale teeth, and bullock horns is the focus of a new exhibition open from Saturday 19 February. More

Silk artwork wins People’s Choice Award

9 February 2022

A handcrafted silk artwork won the prestigious Campbell Smith Memorial People’s Choice Award for the National Contemporary Art Award 2021. More

Commemorating Waitangi Day at Waikato Museum

3 February 2022

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, our Waitangi Day activities have been scaled back in comparison to other years. More

From orange to red: Waikato Museum remains open

24 January 2022

At the Red level, Waikato Museum and ArtsPost are open at usual hours from 10am to 5pm daily. More

Antarctic work wins Waiclay National Ceramics Premier Award

22 January 2022

Artist and human rights specialist Margaret MacDonald has won the $3,000 prize with a ceramic sculpture about climate change in Antarctica. More

Entries open for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2022

14 January 2022

This renowned annual competition challenges artists from across New Zealand to transform the iconic agricultural product, No.8 wire, into inspiring art. More

Award-winning Maaori artwork inspired by ancestors

7 December 2021

An exhibition of compelling portraits by Maaori artists has arrived on tour from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata. More

Visitors must be vaccinated at Council facilities

30 November 2021

'My Vaccine Pass' will be a condition of entry at Hamilton City Council facilities, such as Waikato Museum, for all people aged 12 years and older. More

Colossal Squid comes to Waikato Museum

26 November 2021

The fascinating science and wonderful secrets of one of New Zealand’s most significant natural history specimens will be revealed with this interactive exhibition. More

Waikato Museum welcomes new director

22 November 2021

Waikato Museum has a new Director to lead the team in sharing the tales and taonga of the region. More

Step into an MIQ hotel room at Waikato Museum

18 November 2021

The stories of Kiwi returnees and Hamilton’s frontline workers are being told through the exhibition, Thanks from Iso. More

Waikato Museum and ArtsPost open at Alert Level 2

17 November 2021

At Alert Level 2, Waikato Museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily. More

National Contemporary Art Award extended and expanded

10 November 2021

The exhibition is now open until 20 February 2022 with a ‘virtual tour’ and the People’s Choice Award available online. More

Waikato Museum and ArtsPost open at Alert Level 3 Step 2

2 November 2021

From Thursday 4 November, Waikato Museum is open from 10am to 4pm daily. More

Waikato Museum is closed at Alert Level 3

4 October 2021

During Alert Level 3, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato is closed. More

Mesmerising video wins $20,000 National Contemporary Art Award

17 September 2021

Auckland-based artist Caryline Boreham has won the prestigious $20,000 National Contemporary Art Award for 2021 for a mesmerising video work. More

Fossilised penguin identified as new species

16 September 2021

Skeleton found at beach by children and donated to Waikato Museum will help fill in gaps in natural history. More

Waikato Museum is open at Alert Level 2

8 September 2021

During Alert Level 2, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato is open from 10am to 5pm every day with safety measures in place. More

Maaori identity threads through life of fashion designer

5 August 2021

A large-scale exhibition exploring contemporary fashion through the life and work of Maaori designer Jeanine Clarkin opens this Saturday. More

Share your story about 1981

13 July 2021

Waikato Museum is collaborating with Hamilton City Libraries to unearth the stories of those who became part of world history when the Hamilton match of the controversial tour was called off. More

Waikato Museum goes interstellar for Matariki

16 June 2021

Waikato Museum is set to host a full day of free Matariki celebrations on Saturday 19 June to coincide with the opening of a new family-friendly exhibition that explores the mysteries of the universe. More

Finalists for 2021 National Contemporary Art Award announced

15 June 2021

National Contemporary Art Award judge Karl Chitham has selected 38 entries as finalists in this year’s competition. More

Exhibition marks 40th anniversary of anti-Springbok Tour protests

3 June 2021

A new exhibition that revisits the anti-Springbok Tour movement through the work of local photographers is set to open at Waikato Museum on 5 June. More

Waikato Museum upgrade in the works

17 May 2021

Hamilton City Council has allocated significant capital funding through the draft 2021-31 Long-Term Plan to enable Waikato Museum to operate to its full potential. More

Artists through Marti Friedlander's lens

13 May 2021

Vintage photographs by celebrated artist Marti Friedlander will be on display at a new Waikato Museum exhibition set to open on 14 May. More

Exhibition celebrates New Zealand bluegrass icons

6 May 2021

An exhibition about New Zealand bluegrass pioneers the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band is set to open at Waikato Museum on 8 May. More

Auckland artist wins Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

23 April 2021

Auckland artist Gina Ferguson has taken out the top prize in the 2021 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award with her work 'Wear ‘n’ tear'. More

Art competition comes down to the wire

20 April 2021

The 2021 Fieldays No.8 Wire Art Award will be hotly contested, with New Zealand artists from as far afield as Dunedin, Rangiora, Hastings and Waiheke Island among this year's finalists. More

Top Art comes to Hamilton

8 April 2021

Some of New Zealand’s best secondary school artwork will be on display at Waikato Museum from 9 April, as part of the Top Art exhibition. More

The National Contemporary Art Award is back

17 March 2021

Waikato Museum is gearing up for the 2021 National Contemporary Art Award, with entries opening on Thursday 18 March and a total cash prize pool of more than $27,000. More

Exhibition celebrates Dame Robin White

11 March 2021

A new exhibition of prints by Dame Robin White (Ngaati Awa) is set to open at Waikato Museum on 13 March. More

Exhibition celebrates Dutch-Kiwi ties

5 March 2021

An exhibition exploring the artistic kinship between New Zealand and the Netherlands is set to open at Waikato Museum on 6 March. More

Two weeks left to enter iconic New Zealand art award

25 February 2021

There is just over two weeks to enter the 2021 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award which closes at 1pm on Friday 12 March. More

Galileo world premiere at Waikato Museum

22 February 2021

Waikato Museum will be the first venue in the world to host a new interactive exhibition about Italian natural philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei. More

Exhibition paints a powerful portrait of inequality

4 February 2021

An exhibition that draws attention to the poverty experienced by children around the world is now open at Waikato Museum. More

Marking Waitangi Day at Waikato Museum

4 February 2021

Waikato Museum is set to host a full day of free activities on Monday 8 February to mark Waitangi Day. More

Judge announced for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

14 January 2021

Renowned New Zealand sculptor Virginia King will judge the 2021 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, with entries set to open on 15 January. More

Summer school holiday fun at Waikato Museum

11 January 2021

Waikato Museum’s summer school holiday programme is set to host a wide range of supervised activities and experiences to keep children entertained during the longest school holiday break of the year. More

Exhibition celebrates leading artist Ruth Davey

16 December 2020

A retrospective showcase of works by veteran printmaker Ruth Davey is set to open at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato on 19 December. More

Hashtag turns into museum exhibition

9 December 2020

A new exhibition inspired by a social media initiative launched during this year’s lockdown is set to open at Waikato Museum on 12 December. More

Celebrating 20 years of the National Contemporary Art Award

2 December 2020

A celebratory exhibition showcasing works from past winners and finalists of the National Contemporary Art Award is set to open at Waikato Museum on 5 December, following the cancellation of the 2020 competition earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More

North Island exclusive | Waitohu art showcase

25 November 2020

An extraordinary showcase of contemporary Maaori art bridging the divide between traditional cultural skills and modern art practice is set to open at Waikato Museum on 28 November – a North Island exclusive. More

The Jurisich Experience at Waikato Museum

18 September 2020

Hamilton-based artist Gaye Jurisich has developed an international reputation for creating large-scale art installations and now she has created four new ones for a special exhibition at Waikato Museum. More

Rodin Comes to Waikato Museum

4 September 2020

French sculptor Auguste Rodin is one of the world’s most well-known artists, and his work had a profound influence on the development of modern art. Born in 1840, he went on to produce some of the world’s best known and most celebrated sculptures including The Age of Bronze (1876), The Thinker (1880) and The Kiss (1882). More

Essential Workers Thank You postponed

12 August 2020

Hamilton City Council has postponed its three-day thank you event for essential workers, planned to begin on Friday 14 August, due to restrictions under COVID-19 Alert Level 2. More

Big Hamilton thank you to essential workers

7 August 2020

Essential workers deserve major kudos for the work they did during the COVID-19 lockdown – and Hamilton City Council has a long weekend of thanks planned for them. More

Waikato Museum is the place to celebrate Matariki this weekend

20 July 2020

Matariki will be a real celebration at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato this Sunday (26 July), with an interactive day of weaving, family crafts, music, and a panel discussion with artists who are exploring kotahitanga (unity) through creativity to ‘flatten the curve’ on racism. More

Napier-based artist wins $5,000 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

2 July 2020

Napier-based artist Asaki Kajima has won the $5,000 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award for 2020 with a Dali-inspired sculptural artwork entitled 'Space Cow'. More

Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award winner to be announced this week

29 June 2020

The 2020 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, worth $5,000, will be presented on Thursday night (2 July) by this year’s judge, New Zealand sculptor James Wright, at ArtsPost in Hamilton. More

Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award proceeds, finalists named

4 June 2020

Artists from across New Zealand, from as far afield as Kaipara in Northland and Waikaia in Southland, have been named as finalists in the 2020 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award – which will go ahead after a two-month delay caused by the COVID-19 crisis. More

Waikato Museum helps make programmes for national TV series

28 May 2020

Waikato Museum educators are part of a national television series to support home and school-based learning which starts screening today. More

Waikato Museum launches new website experience for online visitors

11 May 2020

Waikato Museum has launched a new website experience for visitors keen to try their hand at creating an online exhibition using images of items from the Museum’s collection. More

National Contemporary Art Award cancelled for 2020

8 May 2020

Waikato Museum has cancelled the 21st running of the National Contemporary Art Award, one of New Zealand’s leading art competitions offering among the richest rewards for individual artworks each year. More

Waikato Museum extends and upgrades its online collection

4 May 2020

Waikato Museum has extended its online collection of artworks, social history objects and taonga and has also made it easier for online visitors to find objects of interest. More

Well-known gallery director and art curator will judge the 2020 National Contemporary Art Award

17 April 2020

One of Aotearoa’s most highly-regarded art professionals will judge the 2020 National Contemporary Art Award. More

Waikato Museum calls on its social media community to create a virtual exhibition

9 April 2020

Waikato Museum has launched a new social media initiative today, calling on its online community to create a virtual exhibition by sharing photos of their favourite items on social media sites using the hashtag #mywaikatomuseum. More

Council closes all community facilities

21 March 2020

Hamilton City Council community facilities will be closed effective Sunday 22 March as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19. More

Waikato Museum and ArtsPost response to Covid-19

20 March 2020

Waikato Museum and ArtsPost currently remain open, but the safety and well being of our visitors is our priority. We are closely monitoring the advice from the Government and Ministry of Health, and will provide updates via our website and social media platforms as new information becomes available. More

Rotowaro – the town that disappeared

13 March 2020

Photographer David Cook spent nearly four decades recording the effects of the coal industry on one small New Zealand town and it’s 400 residents – now all gone – and the landscape around it. More

One week left to enter iconic New Zealand art award

6 March 2020

Entries for the 2020 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award close in just over a week at 1pm on Friday 13 March. More

A Dinosaur rEvolution is coming to Waikato Museum

28 February 2020

Visitors to Waikato Museum will be the first in New Zealand to see the latest international exhibition about dinosaurs that has already wowed thousands of Australians. More

The National Contemporary Art Award - bold, original and 21 this year

27 February 2020

Entries are now open for the 21st annual National Contemporary Art Award at Waikato Museum with prize money of $20,000 for the winner, and other awards bringing the total prize pool to more than $27,000. More

Waikato Museum’s collection secrets revealed

20 February 2020

A new guided tour at Waikato Museum will showcase hidden treasures and allow visitors to enter areas of the museum normally out of bounds. More

Visitors still welcome while Waikato Museum exterior undergoes maintenance

10 February 2020

Visitors are still welcome at Waikato Museum while its exterior is spruced up this month. More

Award-winning sculptor to judge Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

4 February 2020

Award-winning New Zealand sculptor James Wright will judge the 2020 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Waikato Museum will be buzzing on Waitangi Day

28 January 2020

Waikato Museum will be buzzing with activity to celebrate Waitangi Day this year. More

Waikato Museum celebrates Chinese New Year

23 January 2020

Ancient Chinese cultural traditions will be showcased on the first day of Chinese New Year at Waikato Museum on Saturday (25 January). More

School Holiday Fun at Waikato Museum

21 January 2020

Unleash your children’s creative talents at Waikato Museum for the final days of the summer school holidays! More

Surrealism exhibition at Waikato Museum uses ‘exquisite corpse’ technique

20 January 2020

Waikato Museum launches an exhibition on Saturday (25 January) that is designed around the 1920s principles of surrealism – both in its making and in its display. More

Entries open for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

16 January 2020

The annual call is out to turn an iconic farming product into art with kiwi ‘No.8 wire ingenuity’. More

Paris, New York - and now Hamilton - for Raglan artist’s exhibition

8 January 2020

Please Do Touch, an exhibition by Raglan artist Yaniv Janson, previously displayed in Paris and New York, will be a featured exhibition at ArtsPost, part of Waikato Museum, in Hamilton from Friday 10 January. More

New exhibition tells tales of the Hamilton Kirikiriroa cityscape

12 December 2019

The artist of the iconic Gallipoli watercolour, The Man with the Donkey, is one of the subjects of a new Waikato Museum exhibition, Kirikiriroa Non-Fictions: True visual histories from the Hamilton CBD, which opens on Saturday (14 December). More

South Waikato potter wins $3,000 Waiclay National Ceramics Premier Award

6 December 2019

South Waikato potter Fiona Tunnicliffe has won the $3,000 Waiclay National Ceramics Premier Award for 2019 with a mid-fired clay work called ‘Blue Horse’. More

2019 Waiclay National Ceramics Awards winners to be announced this week

3 December 2019

The 2019 Waiclay National Ceramics Awards, worth more than $6,500 overall, will be announced on Friday (6 December) by this year’s judge, internationally-renowned Japanese ceramic artist Kasumi Ueba, at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. More

Hundreds attend exhibition opening day at Waikato Museum

26 November 2019

About 300 visitors attended opening day events for the exhibition Puhoro ō mua, Puhoro ki tua on Saturday (23 November) at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. More

New Zealand’s Most Significant Indigenous Art Exhibition of 2019 opens this week at Waikato Museum

18 November 2019

New Zealand’s most significant Indigenous art exhibition this year opens on Saturday 23 November at Waikato Museum. Puhoro ō mua, Puhoro ki tua showcases artwork by nearly 100 Indigenous artists from nations across the Pacific and Pacific Rim. More

One-day only chance to ‘Become a Bug Buddy’ at Waikato Museum

11 November 2019

Waikato Museum is offering an exclusive one-day only chance to touch and hold insects and other small creatures at its family-friendly Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes exhibition on Saturday 30 November. More

Vietnam-born artist wins 2019 National Contemporary Art Award’s People’s Choice

8 November 2019

An artwork inspired by Chinese porcelain and the fragility of life has won the Campbell Smith Memorial People’s Choice Award at the 2019 National Contemporary Art Award exhibition. More

Free talk at Waikato Museum by award-winning author

6 November 2019

Award-winning author Dr Catherine Bishop visits Waikato Museum from 1-2pm on Sunday 10 November to give a talk about the women who ran businesses in colonial New Zealand, and the extraordinary variety of enterprises they ran. More

Waikato Museum showcases Diwali festival traditions

22 October 2019

Seven Hamilton community groups have come together to showcase Indian dance, music and other traditions for the Diwali festival of lights at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato on Sunday 27 October. More

Live insects invade Waikato Museum over Spring and Summer

21 October 2019

Live insects are invading Waikato Museum in a new family-friendly, hands-on exhibition opening on Friday (25 October) in time for Labour Day weekend and running through the summer. More

One month to vote for National Contemporary Art Award’s People’s Choice

10 October 2019

With voting about to close in local body elections, Waikato Museum is renewing a call for visitors to cast a vote for the most popular artwork in the National Contemporary Art Award exhibition. More

Photography call for Picturesque Gardens exhibition at Waikato Museum

25 September 2019

Waikato Museum is putting out a call for keen photographers, amateur or professional, to provide themed images for display with a new Picturesque Gardens exhibition which opens at the museum in Hamilton on Saturday (28 September). More

Exhibition celebrating bequests now open in Wills Month

18 September 2019

Coinciding with Wills Month, a new exhibition at Waikato Museum celebrates the generosity of local citizens, philanthropists, collectors and artists who have bequeathed a range of taonga and artworks to the Waikato Bequests Trust collection at the Museum. More

Bats are Cool: Conservation Week at Waikato Museum

16 September 2019

‘Bats are Cool’ is the theme for Conservation Week at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato in Hamilton this week. More

Exhibition celebrates Maaori and Native Hawaiian female ancestors

11 September 2019

A new large-scale exhibition featuring works that explore the contemporary and ancestral importance of Maaori and Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) women opens at Waikato Museum on Saturday (14 September) coinciding with Te Wiki o te Reo Maaori, as well as with Kiingitanga celebrations at the University of Waikato. More

All Black exhibition at Waikato Museum offers a family treat

4 September 2019

Rugby fans converging on Hamilton for the All Blacks vs Tonga rugby test this Saturday can include a pre-match trip to see some of the game’s iconic images at Waikato Museum. More

Dunedin-based artist wins $25,000 National Contemporary Art Award

2 August 2019

Dunedin-based artist Ayesha Green has won the prestigious $25,000 National Contemporary Art Award for 2019 for her painting 'Nana’s Birthday (A Big Breath)'. More

20th National Contemporary Art Award winner to be announced next week

26 July 2019

The winner of the 2019 National Contemporary Art Award, worth $25,000 and one of the richest in the New Zealand art world, will be determined next week by this year’s judge, Dr Fiona Pardington MNZM. More

Weaving stars come out at Waikato Museum for Matariki

4 July 2019

Matariki will be a real celebration at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato this Saturday (6 July). More

Finalists for 2019 National Contemporary Art Award announced

24 May 2019

Fifty-one artists are vying for the $27,000 of prize money in the 2019 National Contemporary Art Award. More

Waikato Museum exhibition in line for national award

6 May 2019

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato is a finalist in the ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards for an exhibition celebrating its region’s flair for science and innovation. More

Past winners among finalists of 2019 Fieldays No8 Wire Award

12 April 2019

The 2019 Fieldays No.8 Wire Art Award will be hotly contested with two past winners, four recent place-getters and a previous People’s Choice Award recipient among this year’s finalists. More

Esteemed artist to judge National Contemporary Art Award in milestone year

25 February 2019

One of Aotearoa’s most notable and decorated artists will judge the 2019 National Contemporary Art Award. More

Extra incentive for winner of 20th National Contemporary Art Award

21 February 2019

The National Contemporary Art Award turns 20 in 2019 and major sponsors Tompkins Wake and Chow:Hill Architects have stepped up their support to celebrate the special milestone. More

Waikato Museum first New Zealand venue for Scarface Claw exhibition

23 January 2019

Scarface Claw, the roughest and toughest, boldest and bravest of cats, takes centre stage at Waikato Museum in an exhibition dedicated to the villain of the Hairy Maclary and FriendsTM book series. More

Entries open and judge announced for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

16 January 2019

Artists, inventors and D.I.Y enthusiasts have the chance to get creative and stake their claim to a share of the $8,500 of prize money in the 2019 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, with entries now open. More

Morrinsville in 1993 remembered at Waikato Museum

15 January 2019

The heart of rural communities as well as the atmosphere, lifestyles, and culture of early 1990s New Zealand are celebrated in a nostalgic exhibition at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. More

International photo exhibition open at Waikato Museum

14 December 2018

A selection of the most significant images to appear in National Geographic magazine are now on display at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. More

Topp Twins come home to open Waikato Museum exhibition

12 November 2018

The glittering career of arguably Huntly’s greatest exports, Dames Lynda and Jools Topp, is being told in their home region at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. More

Three-way tie for people’s choice art award

25 October 2018

Three works have each gained the most votes meaning the respective artists are co-winners of the inaugural Campbell Smith Memorial People’s Choice Award and will share the $250 cash reward. More

Artist gives life’s work to city

9 October 2018

An internationally acclaimed printmaker has chosen Hamilton to be the home of his artistic legacy, with a gift of nearly 500 artworks to the city. More

Art angle on Suffrage anniversary

14 September 2018

As New Zealand reflects on the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato is paying tribute to the influence of a pioneering female painter and her contemporaries on New Zealand art. More

Art and science combine to tackle climate change

28 August 2018

Three prominent Hamilton artists are taking part in the next stop of a nationwide tour to debate how the arts can enhance our understanding of climate change science and inspire people to take action. More

Waikato Museum hosts art crime exposé

21 August 2018

The motives, methods and mysteries of art crime will be explored by two of the country’s foremost experts during an eye-opening talk at Waikato Museum this week. More

Fashion Weekend at Waikato Museum

15 August 2018

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato is the go-to place for followers of fashion on 18-19 August. More

National Contemporary Art Award winner epitomises contemporary

3 August 2018

The winning work from the 2018 National Contemporary Art Award is the epitome of contemporary, featuring a structure and appearance that will continue to change with time, along with its meaning. More

ArtsPost Galleries & Shop turns 20

27 June 2018

ArtsPost Galleries & Shop celebrates 20 years as Hamilton’s premier community art gallery and retail outlet. More

Familiar names among National Contemporary Art Award finalists

30 May 2018

New and familiar names make up the 32 artists whose works have been selected as finalists in the 2018 National Contemporary Art Award. More

Canterbury artist big winner amid dual Fieldays celebration

10 May 2018

Waikato Museum and ArtsPost became an homage to all things agricultural tonight with two exhibition openings celebrating New Zealand’s rural spirit. More

Museum and ArtsPost praised for accessibility

27 April 2018

Making community facilities more accessible for people with a disability makes life easier for everyone. More

Fieldays art award has nationwide representation

26 April 2018

Artists from as far afield as Kaukapakapa north of Auckland and the deep south make up the finalists of the 2018 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Trust Waikato support enhances Waikato Museum art collection

13 April 2018

An epic painting by one of New Zealand’s most sought-after artists has been acquired by Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato thanks to support from Trust Waikato. More

Dark tale told at Waikato Museum

3 April 2018

A haunting play, depicting an event etched into the minds of those it touched 25 years ago, returns to Hamilton for a season at Waikato Museum. More

‘Honour’ to be judging 2018 National Contemporary Art Award

15 February 2018

Judging the 2018 National Contemporary Art Award at Waikato Museum will double as a homecoming of sorts for Pātaka Art Gallery and Museum Director Reuben Friend. More

New sponsors for National Contemporary Art Award

12 February 2018

Artists entering the National Contemporary Art Award, managed by Waikato Museum, will now vie for a prize pool of more than $27,000 thanks to the addition of two new sponsors for 2018. More

Waikato Museum exclusive venue for international exhibition

1 February 2018

An international touring exhibition exploring the creations of the father of modern science will open at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato next month. More

Replica of giant penguin fossil gifted to junior naturalists

17 January 2018

The junior naturalist club that discovered a fossil of an ancient giant penguin has been gifted a lasting keepsake of the amazing find. More

Judge announced and entries open for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

12 January 2018

Entries are now open for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, with revised entry criteria to encourage more artists to take on the unique challenge the award offers. More

Passing of art advocate and philanthropist Barry Hopkins

7 December 2017

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato and Hamilton City Council are mourning the loss of an ardent supporter of arts and culture in the region. More

Mystifying work wins Waiclay National Ceramics Award

21 November 2017

A ceramic work simultaneously robust and fragile is the major winner of the 2017 Waiclay National Ceramics Awards held at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. More

Waikato Museum building turns 30

3 October 2017

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato celebrates 30 years on its Grantham Street site today [3 October], with exhibitions, a series of events and a book to mark the significant occasion. More

Waikato Museum a finalist in Waikato Business Awards

21 September 2017

Waikato Museum’s commitment to providing a world-class visitor experience has been recognised with being named a finalist in the Service Excellence category of the Westpac Waikato Business Awards. More

Cold Islanders bare their art

24 August 2017

An exhibition of art exploring the life experiences of a growing group of New Zealanders opens at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato this Saturday, 26 August. More

Waikato Museum Event Shines Light on Matariki

31 July 2017

The mysteries of Matariki and Maaori astronomy will be illuminated in a thought-provoking public talk by Dr Rangi Matamua at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato on Thursday, 3 August. More

Style, technique and concept wins National Contemporary Art Award

28 July 2017

The winner of Waikato Museum’s National Contemporary Art Award is a work that is both visually stunning and emotionally evocative. More

Science rock star offers journey back in time

21 July 2017

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato will transform into a time portal on Sunday 30 July as one of New Zealand’s foremost science communicators takes visitors on a journey hundreds of millions of years into the past. More

Call for proposals from the community: Culture Club at Waikato Museum

29 May 2017

The region’s ethnic community groups are being offered a chance to show their culture in a series of performances hosted by Waikato Museum. More

Finalists for 2017 National Contemporary Art Award announced

19 May 2017

The finalists of the 2017 National Contemporary Art Award have been decided with 50 artworks by 48 artists from across New Zealand selected. More

Tribute to agriculture appeals to public

17 May 2017

A sculpture inspired by New Zealand’s agricultural prowess has won the approval of the public in a major national art award. More

Monsters unleashed at Waikato Museum

15 May 2017

An exhibition already seen by thousands of people in Australia and the United States is now open in New Zealand at Waikato Museum. More

Waikato Museum exhibition up for two awards

5 May 2017

Waikato Museum’s Te Whaanau Maarama: The Heavenly Bodies exhibition is a double finalist in the ServiceIQ 2017 New Zealand Museum Awards. More

Ripples back in rightful home

3 May 2017

An iconic piece of Hamilton public art is back in its rightful home outside Waikato Museum and above the Waikato River. More

Waikato Museum Recognised for Tourism Excellence

27 April 2017

Waikato Museum is among the first visitor attractions in the country to be awarded Qualmark’s highest level of quality assurance, under new Tourism New Zealand guidelines. More

Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award winner breaks down walls

20 April 2017

Auckland’s Jill Godwin is the overall winner of the 2017 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award with her topical entry The No.8 Wire Lettering System: Fences vs Walls. More

The Belgians Have not Forgotten at Waikato Museum

13 April 2017

An exhibition honouring New Zealanders who fought and died in Belgium in World War One opens at Waikato Museum this Friday 14 April. More

Finalists announced for Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award

22 March 2017

The 28 sculptural artworks selected as finalists for the 2017 Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award prove the imagination and creativity of Kiwi artists and DIYers knows no bounds. More

Nandor Tanczos to speak on Rasta faith at Waikato Museum

16 March 2017

New Zealand’s most high-profile Rastafari, Nandor Tanczos, will give a public talk on the faith as Waikato Museum’s Bob Marley Exhibition draws to a close. More

$23,000 prize pool for National Contemporary Art Award

6 March 2017

A total prize pool of $23,000 is up for grabs in the 2017 National Contemporary Art Award managed by Waikato Museum. More

Waikato Museum welcomes giant penguin fossil

15 February 2017

A 28-million-year-old fossil of a giant penguin discovered at Kawhia will officially become part of Waikato Museum’s science collection this Friday. More

Waikato Museum acquires works by renowned sculptor

13 January 2017

Waikato Museum’s latest acquisition to its collection is a series of works which memorialise a formative period in Waikato and New Zealand history. More

Entries open for 20th Fieldays No. 8 Wire Award

21 December 2016

Entries are now open for the Fieldays No. 8 Wire Award, with nearly $10,000 in prize money on offer. More

Inaugural national Maaori weaving exhibition

23 November 2016

The blend of traditional and contemporary artworks featured in Waikato Museum’s upcoming exhibition Ngaa Hua o te Rito: Fruits from Fibre pay homage to the materials and techniques used for centuries by Maaori weavers. More

Reggae icon Bob Marley the focus of new exhibition

7 November 2016

A rare collection of Bob Marley photographs will be shown at Waikato Museum from 17 December until 2 April 2017. More

Artist Melvin Day gifts collection to Hamilton city

11 October 2016

Prominent New Zealand artist, the late Melvin “Pat” Day has bequeathed 60 paintings to Waikato Museum as a lasting legacy to Hamilton, the city of his birth. More

Art crime, fraudsters and fakes revealed in new exhibition

9 September 2016

New Zealand has a history of art crime and guest curator and art historian Penelope Jackson exposes this in an intriguing new exhibition. More

National Contemporary Art Award winner brings the personal into politics

2 September 2016

A multi-layered artwork referencing the traditional and using digital technology by Auckland artist Sorawit Songsataya has won the National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum. More

Waikato Museum wins tourism award

28 July 2016

Waikato Museum has won the Tourism Award at the annual Hamilton Central Business Awards in Hamilton last night. More

Waikato Museum exceeds target by 20,000 visitors

15 July 2016

Waikato Museum attracted 138,067 visitors in the past year, exceeding its annual target by 20,067 (17 per cent) and achieving 27,865 more visitors than the previous year. More

Judge announces finalists for National Contemporary Art Award

30 June 2016

Judge Misal Adnan Yildiz has selected 34 entries as finalists for this year’s National Contemporary Art Award managed by Waikato Museum. More

No.8 Wire National Art Award winner a strong statement

2 June 2016

Artist Ben Pearce has won the major prize in the 2016 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award with his entry Stone Age Eight Gauge at the award ceremony, partnered by Waikato Museum and held at ArtsPost. More

Call for proposals: Culture Club at Waikato Museum

30 May 2016

Waikato Museum is seeking applications from our ethnic community interested in performing at the Museum in a series of Sunday events. More

Finalists announced for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

26 May 2016

Twenty-five sculptural works crafted by artists from throughout New Zealand have been selected as finalists in the Fieldays® No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Waikato Museum wins national museum award

19 May 2016

An exhibition celebrating the art and legacy of Maaori weaving won Best Exhibition - Regional Taonga Māori at the 2016 Museums Aotearoa awards for Waikato Museum. More

New exhibition shines the spotlight on modern Maaori astronomy

27 April 2016

A new exhibition at Waikato Museum will shine a spotlight on modern Maaori astronomy and promote a better understanding of the history and meaning of Matariki. More

Waikato Museum named as finalist twice in national museum awards

21 April 2016

Waikato Museum has been named a finalist twice in the 2016 ServiceIQ Museum Awards for the exhibitions E Ngaa uri Whakatupu – Weaving Legacies: Dame Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa and For Us They Fell - Waikato WW1 Centenary Exhibition. More

A new sculpture for a new era

18 April 2016

Philanthropic arts group MESH celebrated a milestone today with the arrival of their latest piece, ‘The Tongue of the Dog’ created by renowned New Zealand sculptor Michael Parekowhai at Waikato Museum. More

National Art Award offers $20,000 first prize

11 April 2016

Entry is now open to the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award to be judged by celebrated international curator Misal Adnan Yildiz and managed by Waikato Museum. More

Fieldays® art award celebrates innovation

24 March 2016

Entry to the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award is now open. The award, hosted by Waikato Museum, culminates in a public exhibition to coincide with the Fieldays event in June at Hamilton’s ArtsPost. More

Children’s Day Carnival takes over central city

2 March 2016

Hamilton’s central city will come alive on Saturday 5 March from 10am to 2pm with Children’s Day celebrations. The theme for this year’s Children’s Day is ‘Stay Active’, and all of the activities planned will help families to do just that. More

Waikato Museum exceeds visitor targets

4 February 2016

Waikato Museum attracted 11,363 visitors in January 2016, exceeding its visitor target by 42 per cent and January 2015 figures by 34 per cent. More

Take part in Celebrating Waitangi Day 2016

15 December 2015

Waikato Museum is seeking musicians, poets , performers and artists to take part in Celebrating Waitangi Day 2016, a family and community day to celebrate and acknowledge the growing together of the people of New Zealand. More

Designs for Ferrybank transformation to go on show

28 November 2015

Hamiltonians are getting the chance to see how a major transformation of Ferrybank might look as part of plans to turn it into the city's premier waterfront destination. More

Hyundai Country Calendar to celebrate 50 years on air at Waikato Museum

10 November 2015

Hyundai Country Calendar has chosen Waikato Museum as the venue for an exhibition to celebrate 50 years on air next year. Country Calendar: 50 Golden Years will open from 11 June – 28 September 2016. More

Craig Potton joins Waikato Museum for Conservation Week

16 October 2015

Craig Potton, New Zealand’s best known landscape photographer and an ardent conservationist will speak at Waikato Museum during Conservation Week 2015 on Wednesday 4 November. More

Trust Waikato gifts art collection to Waikato Museum

2 October 2015

Trust Waikato has donated its $1.92 million art collection to Hamilton City Council and expects to help purchase future artworks of value to the region. More

Waikato Museum secures major da Vinci show

16 September 2015

The major touring exhibition Da Vinci Mechanics will open from 27 February - 29 May 2016 at Waikato Museum. More

Sculpture of Maaori King to be unveiled

14 August 2015

A bronze sculpture of the second Maaori king, Kiingi Taawhiao will be unveiled on Monday 17 August, in a special ceremony at Waikato Museum More

Strategic Plan to identify direction for Waikato Musem

7 August 2015

A Strategic Plan is being developed for Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato to identify the future direction of the Museum with input from our stakeholders. More

Winner announced for National Contemporary Art Award

17 July 2015

A conceptual off-world colonisation project represented by a flag and a media release by artist Bronwyn Holloway-Smith has won the National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum.<br />
More

Museum offers an amazing journey through the human body

30 June 2015

Smelly toilets, a giant nose, a huge mouth and a heart that never stops beating all feature in a new family-focussed exhibition at Waikato Museum. More

Call for proposals from musicians/groups: Sunday Sounds at the Museum

29 June 2015

Waikato Museum is seeking applications from local musicians interested in performing in the Sunday Sounds at the Museum series. More

28 Million year old penguin goes digital

8 June 2015

A 28 million year old giant penguin fossil found at Kawhia in 2006 will be shown for the first time alongside its 3D scanned profile in a new exhibition opening at Waikato Museum on Saturday 13 June. More

No.8 Wire National Art Award winner impossible to look past

5 June 2015

Artist Rebecca Rose has taken out the major prize in the 2015 No.8 Wire National Art Award with her sculpture Eye Sight at the awards ceremony, partnered by Waikato Museum and held at ArtsPost Galleries & Shop. More

Finalists announced for National Contemporary Art Award

28 May 2015

National Contemporary art award judge Aaron Kreisler has selected 52 entries as finalists for this year’s National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum. More

Finalists selected for No.8 Wire National Art Award

25 May 2015

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays® is pleased to announce finalists have been selected for the No.8 Wire National Art Award, partnered by Waikato Museum. <br />
More

FIFA-Inspired Exhibition Celebrates the Beautiful Game

14 May 2015

Football’s rich tradition in the Waikato is explored in an exhibition at Waikato Museum where visitors can test their skills and see the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 trophy. More

Young war poet will help launch Waikato WW1 exhibition

20 April 2015

A World War One commemorative poem written by a Waingaro School student will be read by the author at the official opening of the WW1 exhibition For Us They Fell at Waikato Museum on Friday 24 April. More

Winning wire creation will get $8,000

14 April 2015

An $8,000 cash prize is waiting for the winner of the Fieldays® No.8 Wire National Art Award and there are only days to go before entries close on Wednesday 22 April, 2015. More

Entry Now Open to National Art Award

9 March 2015

Entry is now open to the National Contemporary Art Award, sponsored by Tompkins Wake Lawyers and Chow: Hill Architects, and managed by Waikato Museum. More

School War Poets to Help Launch WW1 Project

6 March 2015

Waikato Museum aims to feature a World War 1-inspired poem written by a local student <br />
as part of the launch for the major World War 1 exhibition For Us They Fell to open on Anzac Day, 25 April, this year.<br />
More

Blockbuster Fletcher Show for Waikato Museum

26 February 2015

Eighty paintings from the rarely seen Fletcher Collection are to be shown at Waikato Museum for the very first time from Saturday 14 March. More

Fieldays opens the door to No.8 Wire ingenuity

23 February 2015

Fieldays is excited to announce the opening of entries for the prestigious No.8 Wire National Art Award, culminating in a public exhibition in June in Hamilton. More

Waikato Museum and ArtsPost to extend opening hours

14 January 2015

In a new move to make Waikato’s leading arts facilities more accessible, Waikato Museum and ArtsPost Galleries & Shop will remain open until 7.00pm every Thursday from 15 January until 12 March 2015. More

Artworks from Te Papa's National Collection on Display at Waikato Museum

15 December 2014

The latest works from the regional initiative Unpacked: Treasures from Te Papa go on display at Waikato Museum today. More

Calling all musicians, performers, kapa haka groups, choirs, poets...

24 November 2014

Waitangi Day at Waikato Museum on the 6 February 2015 will be a family and community day to celebrate and acknowledge the growing together of the people of New Zealand.<br />
We are seeking performers and artists to fill the day with music, performance, dance and poetry.<br />
More

Catalogue showcases city’s public art collection

17 October 2014

Hamilton's rich and growing portfolio of public art has been captured in a catalogue which will be launched on Monday (October 20) as part of the city's 150th birthday celebrations. More

New Gallery Extends Hamilton's Arts Offer

29 September 2014

Hamilton’s arts offer will be extended when Waikato Museum opens The Barry Hopkins Gallery on 17 October 2014. The new gallery has been funded by philanthropist and Museum supporter Barry Hopkins in partnership with Hamilton City Council. More

Waikato Museum Sole Northern Venue for HOTERE CULBERT

5 September 2014

Waikato Museum will be the only North Island venue to show HOTERE CULBERT, an exhibition featuring collaborative works from two of New Zealand’s greatest artists from 22 November to 1 March 2015. More

Opportunity for New Zealand artists to exhibit in central Hamilton gallery

26 August 2014

Submissions are invited from New Zealand-based artists and arts groups interested in holding an exhibition of their work at ArtsPost Galleries & Shop in Hamilton. More

Uniquely Hamilton Multimedia Project at Waikato Museum

18 August 2014

A multimedia exhibition about contemporary life in Hamilton developed by Wintec, Massey University and the University of Canterbury will open at Waikato Museum on Saturday 23 August. More

Wellington Artist Wins 2014 National Contemporary Art Award

8 August 2014

Wellington artist Deanna Dowling has won the 2014 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Tompkins Wake Lawyers and Ebbett Audi, and hosted by Waikato Museum. More

National Contemporary Art Award Finalists Announced

3 July 2014

Judge Simon Rees has selected 52 artworks as finalists for the 2014 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Ebbett Audi and Tompkins Wake, and hosted at Waikato Museum. More

Te Papa Treasures Unpacked at Waikato Museum

2 July 2014

Waikato Museum has partnered with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in a recent initiative; Unpacked: Treasures from Te Papa, where selected masterpieces are loaned to display for three months. More

Call for WW1 Information to the Waikato Community

30 June 2014

Waikato Museum has launched an interactive website to help uncover the untold stories of the men and women of the Waikato during World War 1. More

Major Exhibition Celebrates New Zealand's Finest Traditional Maaori Weavers

25 June 2014

An extraordinary collection of traditional Maaori kaakahu (cloaks) and weaving from five generations of one family opens on 29 June as a major exhibition at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. More

Campbell Smith Receives Major City Award

16 June 2014

Poet, playwright, wood engraver and gallery director Campbell Smith has become the 17th resident to receive Hamilton’s Freedom Holder of the City award. More

Calling all musicians! Sunday Sounds at the Museum.

12 June 2014

We are seeking Waikato musicians to fill our galleries with music. Waikato Museum in partnership with Hamilton Live Music Trust is continuing our successful Sunday Sounds at the Museum, a series of 11 concerts on every first Sunday of the month from August 2014 to June 2015. More

Te Awamutu artists win Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

6 June 2014

A hinaki made of rusty No.8 wire and flax has won the major prize in the 2014 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. Artists Dagmar and Nick Elliott took out the $8,000 prize for their entry Rustic Hinaki at the awards ceremony sponsored by Fieldays and held at ArtsPost last night. More

Articles Safe After Fire at Waikato Museum

1 June 2014

Artefacts housed at Waikato Museum (Te Whare Taonga O Waikato) are safe after a small fire at the Hamilton City Council-owned facility today. More

Entry is now open to the National Contemporary Art Award

5 May 2014

Entry is now open to the National Contemporary Art Award, sponsored by Tompkins Wake and Ebbett Audi and managed by Waikato Museum. More

National Art Award encourages artists to get wired

18 March 2014

Entry to the Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Awards is now open and with a cash first prize double that of last year, organisers are looking forward to the ingenious and unique exhibits that the awards are known to attract. More

Student-built racecar headed for Waikato Museum

17 March 2014

A formula-style race car designed, built and raced by University of Waikato students will feature in a new exhibit in Waikato Museum’s Exscite interactive science gallery from 17 March until 9 May this year.<br />
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Artwork Gifted to Waikato Museum

20 November 2013

Prominent Waikato artist Zena Elliot (Ngati Awa, Te Whanau-a-Apanui) has gifted a substantial artwork to The Waikato Bequest Trust, a charitable trust formed to grow Waikato Museum’s collections. More

Grants a major boost to World War I Commemorations

31 October 2013

Hamilton’s planned World War I centenary commemorations have received a significant financial boost this week with grants for two major projects confirmed. More

Winner Announced For 2013 National Contemporary Art Award

13 August 2013

An Auckland artist, Dieneke Jansen has won the 2013 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Waikato Society of Arts and hosted by Waikato Museum. More

Waikato Museum Welcomes New Funding Partner For Restoration Projects

13 August 2013

Waikato DFAS (Decorative and Fine Arts Society) has committed an annual fund to Waikato Museum for the restoration of fine arts projects from the museum’s collection. More

Winner of WOW Competition Announced

8 August 2013

Congratulations to Mrs J Bourke of Taupari, the winner of our WOW Competition. More

A Chance to Exhibit in High Profile Hamilton Art Gallery

30 July 2013

New Zealand-based artists and arts groups interested in holding an exhibition of their work at ArtsPost, Hamilton’s high profile retail art gallery have until 1 September to apply. More

People's Choice Winner Announced for Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award

19 July 2013

The people have spoken and the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award has been awarded to two local artists. More

Win Tickets to WOW!

5 July 2013

Visit Off the Wall World of WearableArt™ Up Close and you can enter to win tickets and accomodation to the World of WearableArt™ Show in Wellington! More

Finalists Announced for National Contemporary Art Award

25 June 2013

Judge Jon Bywater has selected 37 finalists for the 2013 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Waikato Society of Arts and hosted at Waikato Museum. More

Call for Proposals for Upper Gallery

13 June 2013

Exhibition space available to schools and community groups. More

Winners Announced for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

6 June 2013

An Auckland artist, Louise Purvis has won the major prize in the 2013 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Sponsor Named for National Contemporary Art Award

19 April 2013

The wait is over for artists anxious to enter the 2013 National Contemporary Art Award now that Waikato Society of Arts has confirmed they will sponsor the award this year. More

Giant Penguin Fossil Returns

10 April 2013

Extraordinary treasure back on display. More

Calling All Musicians! Sunday Sounds at the Museum

15 March 2013

We are seeking musicians from the Waikato to fill our galleries with music. More

Hamilton Students Take on 48-hour Sci-Fi Writing Challenge

20 February 2013

Thirty local students from six Hamilton Secondary Schools will have 48 hours to produce their best piece of creative writing in a competition inspired by the sci-fi and fantasy exhibition, White Cloud Worlds at Waikato Museum. More

Children's Day Carnival Centred on CBD Celebrations

15 February 2013

Waikato Museum and other Hamilton community organisations have joined forces to bring Hamilton one of the biggest free family events of the year, the Children’s Day Carnival. More

Judge Confirmed for 2013 National Contemporary Art Award

18 January 2013

Jon Bywater, a well-known art critic and senior lecturer at Elam Art School has accepted the challenge to judge the 2013 National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum. More

Hairy Maclary and Friends on Show at Waikato Museum

11 January 2013

Hairy Maclary and friends are making their way to Hamilton! More

International Research Project on Display at Waikato Museum

14 December 2012

Hamilton artist and Wintec School of Media Arts tutor Tim Croucher has teamed up with internationally renowned Chinese artist Xu Ze to bring a unique cross-cultural experience to Waikato Museum visitors from this Saturday. More

Original Moore-Jones Image Gifted to City ​

7 December 2012

The original glass slide of a photograph of a Gallipoli soldier and his donkey - the basis for Sapper Horace Moore-Jones’ famous war-time painting - has been donated to the people of Hamilton by the family. More

ArtsPost Wins Top Shop Retail Excellence Award

16 October 2012

ArtsPost Galleries & Shop has won the Giftware and Homeware category in the 2012 Top Shop Retail Excellence Awards for the Waikato region. More

Judge announced for 2013 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

2 October 2012

Acclaimed New Zealand sculptor, John Edgar will judge the 2013 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Winner Announced for 2012 National Contemporary Art Award

16 August 2012

A cantilevered bus shelter, titled Parallel of Life and Art by Auckland artists Michael Parr and Blaine Western has won the 2012 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Barry Hopkins and hosted by Waikato Museum. More

High Profile Hamilton Art Gallery Seeks Waikato Exhibitors

9 August 2012

Waikato artists and community groups interested in exhibiting their work have until 1 September to apply to ArtsPost, Hamilton city’s high profile retail art space. More

Experimental Music Pioneer to Perform at Waikato Museum

25 July 2012

Experimental music and digital art pioneer, Wang Fujui will treat Hamilton to a one-off performance at Waikato Museum on Monday 27 August. More

Semi-finalists Announced for National Contemporary Art Award

14 June 2012

Nineteen semi-finalists have been selected by Judge Caterina Riva for the 2012 National Contemporary Art Award. More

Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award Winners Announced

8 June 2012

A Whanganui design student has won the major prize in the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2012. More

Waikato Schools Thrilled to Get Free Rugby Gear From Waikato Museum

5 June 2012

More than a hundred quality rugby balls, a set of goal posts, nets, passing hoops and exercise pads were welcomed by Waikato schools this week. More

Finalists Announced for Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award 2012

22 May 2012

The finalists have now been selected for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2012. More

Waikato Museum Wins Two National Museum Awards

20 April 2012

In the fifth Annual National Museum Awards last night, Waikato Museum was awarded the Project Achievement Award: Exhibition Excellence – Social History for its 2011 exhibition Red, Yellow and (All) Black and the Judges Award for Sustainability for its innovative temporary exhibition wall fabrication system. More

New Waikato Museum Director Appointed

13 April 2012

Hamilton City Council has appointed Cherie Meecham as its new Director of the Waikato Museum. More

Waikato Museum Named as Finalist Twice in National Museum Awards

11 April 2012

Waikato Museum has been named a finalist in the New Zealand Museum Awards 2012, with not one but two of its entries.<br />
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Judge Announced for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

29 February 2012

Well-known corrugated iron sculptor Jeff Thomson will judge this year’s Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. More

Children's Day Celebrations to be Held in Hamilton

24 February 2012

National Children’s Day will be celebrated in Hamilton next weekend with a range of events throughout the city. More

Waikato Museum Recognised as a Leading Tourism Operator

24 February 2012

Waikato Museum has achieved a Silver Enviro award and is now recognised as one of the country’s leading tourism operators by Qualmark – New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance. More

Judge Confirmed for National Contemporary Art Award

23 February 2012

Caterina Riva has accepted an invitation to judge the 2012 National Contemporary Art Award, sponsored by Barry Hopkins and hosted by Waikato Museum. More

Entries Open for 2012 National Contemporary Art Award

17 February 2012

Entries are now open for the 2012 National Contemporary Art Award. More

Biosecurity Under Watch at Waikato Museum

16 February 2012

Shipping containers carrying the ‘How to make a Monster’ exhibition will be checked by Waikato Museum staff trained in inspecting and securing biosecurity risks onsite, enabling them to bypass a costly biosecurity process. More

Historic Signing to Protect Waikato River

9 February 2012

In an historic first, Hamilton City Council and Waikato-Tainui will tomorrow sign an agreement marking a new era of partnership between both organisations around caring for the Waikato River. More

Monsters Set to Move in to Waikato Museum

27 January 2012

Dramatic, exciting, imaginative, scientific and a just little bit scary – ‘How to Make a Monster, the art and technology of animatronics’ opens at Waikato Museum next month. More