Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga Hot

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Location

Address
11a The Esplanade

Phone

Land Line
07 866 0730

Hours

10am-4pm
Open every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
Mercury Bay Museum, Whitianga

What to Expect

For everyone interested in tales of early navigation, discovery, maritime disasters, great explorers, early settlers, machinery or natural history. The museum is housed in the original 1937 Dairy Factory is a great place to become absorbed in some of the fascinating history of Mercury Bay.
The Museum has a range of Maori and European artifacts and colourful award winning exhibits that will delight all ages. Come and enjoy a trip through history and time in this Museum which is rich in history and will reward you with a greater appreciation of the Mercury Bay. 

Mercury Bay Museum has an intriguing range of exhibits to view including the:
  • Polynesian navigator Kupe
  • Endeavour and James Cook (the screening room also features a short film on the "Twelve days - Captain Cook in Mercury Bay) 
  • hipwrecks in the Bay- HMS Buffalo (which sunk in Mercury Bay 1840)
  • Natural history display
  • History of fishing 
  • Kauri timber and kauri gum
  • Dairy Factory (in which the museum is housed)
  • 1953 School room • Whitianga Blacksmith's workplace in 1900
  • Agricultural and Machinery Display The museum also holds some important Maori artifacts, a collection of early settler records and an extensive photographic collection. 

ADMISSION PRICES
• Adults $7.50 • Seniors, Locals & Students $5.00 • Children (5-16) $2 (under 5 free ) • Families $15.00 • Free parking on the Museum grounds OPEN HOURS 10am-4pm (latest entrance) Open every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day. Discount prices for families and seniors.
Shipwrecks in the Mercury Bay
The Mill Workers Cottage
Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook’s 12 days in Mercury Bay
Huge factory butter churn, as well as milking shed equipment
Chaffcutter in kauri logging and gum digging display
Kauri logs and hand saws
The Whitianga Blacksmith’s workplace in 1900
Mercury Bay Museum Project Achievement Award for History of Fishing display

Customer Endorsements

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This is a stunning museum packed full of fantastic exhibits and treasures to be explored! The museum staff and volunteers are always so helpful - keep up the great work.

Cathy

Contact Us

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Location

Address
11a The Esplanade

Phone

Land Line
07 866 0730

Hours

10am-4pm
Open every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
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