If you are interested in early Maori history of the Bay of Islands, the whaling industry that linked traders from New Bedford throughout the Pacific, early European settlement in New Zealand or the beginnings of the game fishing and tourism industry, then a visit to Russell Museum is a must!
The treasure house of Russell (Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka), Russell Museum has several noteworthy and unique collections for you to discover:
- Maori artefacts and early Maori history of Kororareka and Pewhairangi (Bay of Islands)
- A large collection of rare photographs of Russell and Bay of Islands people, places, and history
- The largest collection of pieces from flagpoles chopped down by Maori chief (rangatira), Hone Heke in the 1840s
- Early US Consulate records and shipping lists of whalers, traders, and settlers with links to New Bedford USA, England, Australia, and Europe
- A replica of Captain Cook's ship Endeavour (yes it really has sailed)
- A rare whaling boat and river waka (canoe)
- The largest collection of artwork by acclaimed local Maori artist, Pauline Kahurangi Yearbury
- Contemporary exhibitions in which history and present day concepts meet.
Open Wednesday to Sundays 10am - 4pm (last admissions 3.30) Adults: $10.00 Children: $5.00 or free if accompanied by an adult