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Waihi Arts Centre & Museum

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Address: 54 Kenny St Waihi, Waihi 3641, New Zealand
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+64 7-863 8386

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Great Little Museum for both Mining and Town Life

We thoroughly enjoyed this little museum. The town's history is based on mining (Martha Mine and other area mines) so a lot of the exhibits hark back to mining, but there is a lot... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Penn Valley, California
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Penn Valley, California
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this little museum. The town's history is based on mining (Martha Mine and other area mines) so a lot of the exhibits hark back to mining, but there is a lot that gives you an idea of what it was like to live in Waihi in the past. My husband is a mining geologist so he really... More 

Thank minic00per
Red Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

This didn't take us long. The kids were fascinated with some of the exhibits. You must stop in and have a look at the pickled thumbs. That was ununexpected! The jail is hillarious! The "men" in there look like Zombies. There is a charge to get in. Can't recall how much.

Thank mrsbanno
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Very informative exhibits and helpful staff. Well worth spending time reading through the information available.

Thank Chris F
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

If you view the Martha Mine and/or do the Gold Mine tour then it's worth finishing off here at the museum. Gives an overall view of all the mines. We found it interesting

Thank Jenanne6
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2016

If you have made the effort to climb the hill to see the Martha Gold Mine, then you may as well check this building out,as you will walk passed it anyway. When we visited, it was a damp and very overcast day which gave the building a dark foreboding look, the look of a movie set that Alfred Hitchcock (If... More 

Thank john j
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Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Very expensive souvenirs, the staff went ballistic when I took a photo of a family friend and I got sent out as there was a sign saying no photos. I would have known I wasn't allowed to take photos of it was clearly displayed, not behind a piece of sale item... Otherwise great stock in store.

Thank kellip2016
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

If you are visiting The Martha Mine this pump house is right beside it.So you should also take a look around.The history is on display and I found it interesting

Thank janneil116
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

Amazing history from yesteryears. Local icon in the middle of the town that was moved in one piece some years ago. Nice walk that most people can easily do around the rim pit with points of interest on the way which is well worth doing.

Thank Hol1dayMaker
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

I don't know how they did it but they apparently moved the pumphouse -what you see in the picture- 300m to be able to preserve it. Waihi is full of stories and nice surprises for travellers. I can honestly say that I am glad that I had a break here.

Thank exclea
Waihi, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The Museum has a plethora of local history and is a great source of information for genealogists with family in the area. There are working models, and exhibits - the cells from the old police station!! The Art Centre holds many exhibitions during the year for artists locally and nationally.

Thank Maureen G

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