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Become a Friend

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The Friends of Waikato Museum are part of the wider Museum family and their support enables the Museum to flourish and grow. Join the Friends for as little as $25 a year, meet like-minded people, receive invitations to special events and openings and enjoy a range of discounts and concessions. There are many benefits associated with membership including:

Membership benefits

  • Friends of Waikato Museum newsletters and advance exhibition information
  • Invitations to exclusive Friends‘ exhibition openings at Waikato Museum
  • Invitations to exhibition openings at ArtsPost
  • Invitations to Friends’ bus trips to galleries, museums and sculpture parks
  • 10% off the admission fee to Waikato Museum’s paid exhibitions, events and activities
  • 10% discount at Waikato Museum’s shop
  • 10% discount at ArtsPost’s shop
  • 10% discount on beer from Hamilton Beer & Wine Co
  • 12.5% discount on wine from Hamilton Beer & Wine Co
  • 10% discount at Poppies Bookshop Hamilton
  • 10% discount for NZ Symphony Orchestra concerts on box office prices
  • 10% discount at Gordon Harris Art and Graphic Supplies
  • 10% discount at Auteur House DVD/video rentals
  • 10% discount at Momento City Cafe.

Half-yearly subscription

We always welcome more Friends! A half-yearly subscription can be purchased through the month of July at reduced prices.

Please get in touch with the Membership Secretary via phone 07 838 6417 or email:

What does it cost to be a Friend?

  • Individual $30 - Individual person under the age of 65
  • Joint $50 - Any 2 individuals under the age of 65, does not have to be a couple (e.g. mother and daughter)
  • Senior Individual $25 - Individual person over the age of 65 (i.e. Super Gold Card holder)   
  • Senior Joint $40 - Any 2 individuals over the age of 65, does not have to be a couple 
  • Student $25 - Full time student
  • Family $60 -  Any combination of family members (e.g. grandmother and grandchildren). The group gets 4 membership cards that they can share
  • Corporate $400 - 6 membership cards that staff can share

*rates as of 1 January 2021

Membership Form

For more information contact the Membership Secretary

What the Friends' funds are used for

The Friends of the Museum raise funds to purchase artefacts and artworks to gift to Waikato Museum. These gifts are added to the Museum collections for the benefit of everyone. By becoming a Friend, your generous support will assist in further commissions or purchases.

Recent Friends' acquisitions

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Left: Chuck Joseph, Toy soldiers (Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau 1868)

Centre: Richard Stratton, Structures of Stricture, Agate Tea Chest, 2012

Right: Ann Verdcourt, Still Life after Morandi

Friends' Committee members

Current Friends of the Museum Committee members