Mercury Bay Museum
Mercury Bay Museum, Whitianga

Mercury Bay Museum

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11a The Esplanade

Business Hours

  • Mon 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thu 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Closed now
  • Sun Closed
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
Mercury Bay Museum


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For everyone interested in tales of early navigation, discovery, maritime disasters, great explorers, early settlers, machinery or natural history. The Whitianga 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.

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The Museum in Whitianga 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.

Admission Prices
  • Adults $5
  • Children under 14 are free with an accompanying adult.

Displays and Exhibits

The museum has an intriguing range of exhibits to view including:
  • Polynesian navigator Kupe
  • Endeavour and Captain James Cook (the screening room also features a short film on the "Twelve days - Captain Cook in Mercury Bay) 
  • Shipwrecks 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.

Museum Shop

Our Mercury Bay Museum shop has a great range of local and NZ merchandise. Get a perfect local gift from our shop.  
  • Hot local book item to buy - Saltspray and Sawdust by Janet Riddell.


We have a great volunteer team that we invite you to be part of. If you would like to join our team as a volunteer to meet and greet visitors, research or work on our displays - contact our Museum Manager.
Museum exhibits  and displays in the heart of Whitianga!

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