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Thames Historical Museum

Corner of Pollen and Cochrane Streets, Grahamstown, Thames, New Zealand
+64 7-868 8509
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Recently restored and well presented museum of Thames and its gold rush history

This museum benefited greatly when it was chosen for the television series about restoring small... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
EvanLewis
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Blountville, Tennessee
Welcoming and informative

The staff of this small-town museum acquainted us with the history of how the 19th century gold... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Daniel F
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Antrim, United Kingdom
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“local history” (2 reviews)
“exhibits” (5 reviews)
“century” (3 reviews)
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Corner of Pollen and Cochrane Streets, Grahamstown, Thames, New Zealand
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+64 7-868 8509
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

This museum benefited greatly when it was chosen for the television series about restoring small museums around New Zealand by Brigit Gallagher in 2016. A thorough restoration and redesign of the displays has resulted in a facility well worth visiting. Check on the opening hours....More

1  Thank EvanLewis
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The staff of this small-town museum acquainted us with the history of how the 19th century gold rush and Kauri tree logging elevated this area into a thriving settlement (becoming the 2nd largest city in NZ). But then the gold ran out, the forests were...More

Thank Daniel F
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I just loved that you can see the history of Thames & actually touch some of the exhibits. It brings history right into your space, to be able to get close enough to see, smell & almost taste the flavours of the time period. There...More

3  Thank Sheryl M
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Visiting last summer with my family was a pleasure. It was a good experience learning the history of the area, and perhaps I will visit again when I have children of my own.

Thank Lyssia S
Reviewed 4 September 2016

A great local museum, staffed by volunteers and well presented. Gives a wonderful history of the Thames community with ample well laid out displays and a fantastic collection of historical building models locally crafted. We were made to feel very welcome and there was no...More

1  Thank Dean H
Reviewed 12 August 2016

A whole lot of items that I'd never seen before, and lots that I remembered from childhood. Well curated by themes. A little dark and gloomy, nothing better funding couldn't cure.

Thank Eggettfayeggett
Reviewed 21 May 2016

Walk back through time in an old fashioned artifact rich museum. The staff know a lot about the history of Thames which is more interesting that you might think. Well worth a stop.

Thank booandberry
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Supurb small museum which tells the story of the town very well. New gallery of models of old town buildings particularly thought provoking, like being transported back in time. Quite refreshing to see a museum that is updating and telling a living story rather than...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 29 January 2016

This little place is like Tardis - room opens upon room full of displays of local history. Mock ups of 19th century rooms, displays of farming equipment, lovingly made models of the old main street and its buildings, a wealth of china celebrating the UK...More

1  Thank Paula N
Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Went for an hour with 5&6 year old. Great staff where happy to share knowledge and show kids the could play with the old wind up gramophone and weigh themselves with old scales kids really enjoyed it.

1  Thank emdubnz
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