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Tawhiti Museum (Hawera)

@Tawhiti Museum

A MUST-GO DESTINATION. Forget stuffy and boring. The private collection is interactive, entertaining and fun. Make sure you experience the indoor boat ride called Traders and Whalers. The ride is in twilight with backlit lanterns and diamoras of settler daily life, voices and canons giving visitors a glimpse of nineteenth century life.

The award-winning, privately owned museum is home to 1,000s of superbly scale models and life-size displays used to tell the area’s history. Visitors are invited into the workshops to view how the displays are designed and built on the premises making the museum experience personal.  Visitors are engaged and inspired by Nigel Ogle’s artistic interpretation of how a museum narrates a story. The gift shop is largely marketing merchandise from the Tawhiti Mill Pottery.

  • Opening hours: Check out website for up to date information
  • Admission: Fees apply
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