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Brain Watkins House Museum (Tauranga Historical Society)

233 Cameron Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 7-578 1835
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Family home built 1910 and preserved as owners left it.

We visited on an open day with a fair and a duo playing music. The house is furnished with all... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Whitehavengirl43
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Sydney, Australia
Great little place, little piece of long ago.

Very nice visit on a Sunday afternoon. Well worth the visit and the guides are lovely and very... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
FvdHPapamoa
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The Brain Watkins House is owned and managed by the Tauranga Historical Society, whose volunteers maintain the house as a museum and open it to the public each Sunday from 2-4pm. Admission for public viewing is $5 (children free). Private group tours are arranged on request This unique historic property is located near the central business district of Tauranga city. Built in 1881 by Joseph Brain, it is registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category II Historic Place. Occupied by one family for nearly 100 years and filled with original contents, the house offers an insight into the life of a middle class European family of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has many stories to tell, from the horse given shelter in the hall during the Tarawera eruption to the young couple separated by the First World War who reunited and married in their 70s. Tauranga Historical Society works to preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of the Bay of Plenty.
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3 Mar 2018
“Family home built 1910 and preserved as owners left it.”
3 Sep 2016
“Great little place, little piece of long ago.”
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233 Cameron Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
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+64 7-578 1835
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We visited on an open day with a fair and a duo playing music. The house is furnished with all household items and clothes as the family left it. It is run by volunteers who are rather aged and slightly muddled but that is part...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2016

Very nice visit on a Sunday afternoon. Well worth the visit and the guides are lovely and very passionate. It is nice to have a peak into the olden days as my kids said. The kids found it interesting as well.More

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Brain-Watkins-House, Volunteer at Brain Watkins House Museum (Tauranga Historical Society), responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2018

Thanks so much for your lovely review. The house was gifted to the Tauranga Historical Society by Elva Brain Watkins in 1979, and today the Society is responsible for the management, preservation and display of the Brain Watkins House Museum. A team of volunteers maintain...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2016

I'm normally a fan of historic houses but I didn't enjoy the Brain Watkins house as much as I have others. Viewing times are limited to two hours on a Sunday afternoon and, other than it being a house that has preserved much of it's...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2016

this venue is rarely accessible and of not that greater significance if you want history best to go to the local maori then these buildings

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Reviewed 29 November 2014

This place is another early history homestead - only open on Sundays but well worth the visit to see how a early homestead looked likeMore

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Brain-Watkins-House, Volunteer at Brain Watkins House Museum (Tauranga Historical Society), responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2018

Thank you so much for your review. As a house museum Brain Watkins represents the lifestyle of a middle class family in Tauranga over 100 years, as most of the families possessions remain in the house. Like any home, things were cast out and others...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2014

The Brain Watkins Museum is an historic site on Cameron Road in Tauranga that is one of a handful of interesting historic and heritage oriented attractions around the city. It seems the Brain Watkins House was originally built in the late 1880s and now holds...More

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