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Review of Tawhiti Museum

Tawhiti Museum
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Hawera
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tawhiti MuseumWidely acclaimed as one of the most innovative museums in New Zealand, Tawhiti uses life size exhibits and scale models to capture the past in a series of super-realistic displays. All the displays – including the life size figures created from moulds cast from real people – are designed and built on the premises. Whether the subject is shipping, farming, railways, or just a small corner of a colonial kitchen, the attention given to research and detail is the same. “I hope my enthusiasm for local history comes through the displays. I’m particularly aware of drawing children into our exhibits – they mustn’t feel museums are old buildings, full of old dusty junk. Historical display should be exciting and relevant – I’m always looking for more creative ways of making it just that” Nigel Ogle.
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing and unique museum. You could easily spend a day here and still not see everything . The dioramas are amazing with such attention to detail. We worth visiting. We will be back.

Visited March 2017
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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
728 reviews
374 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Lots of dedicated work has gone in to creating this museum, and most of it works beautifully. Life-size and miniatures.

Visited February 2017
Thank PeteLucy434
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Whangarei, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Dont miss it”
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We spent a whole day here and were still there half an hour after closing time ,so much to take in, such clever models.
Although it had closed the attendant let us quickly finish our tour before kicking us out.Worth return visit.

Visited February 2017
Thank brendanorm
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Hawera, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
“Taking visitors whenever we have them, family or friends”
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This would be one of if not the best private museum in the country by far. It has the best model depiction of Maoridom that can ever be seen. Model work is just fabulous and lifelike. I have been time and time again and still find more to see. Traders and whalers is fantastic as is the bush railway. Cafe has nice simple food and the company at the end table isnice and peaceful when you don't want to chat. A fantastic achievement to Nigel and family and helpers'

Visited November 2016
Thank Vinaki1
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Worcester England
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“An amazing museum”
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Not to be missed museum, not only for the displays but for the wonderful models in the dioramas such stunning details. Allow plenty of time to appreciate all that the museum has to offer. You can pop in and out once your hand is stamped, enabling you visit Mr Badgers cafe!

Visited February 2017
Thank prenteg
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