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Russell Museum

2 York Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7701
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Excellent for local history

Great place to learn about Russell and early New Zealand history. Don't miss the old whaling boat... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kerikeri, New Zealand

This place has a great mix of memorabilia that really brings to life the chequered history and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nick w
Barton-under-Needwood, United Kingdom
via mobile
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The Russell Museum tells the story of the development of Russell / Kororareka, from a small Maori fishing village, to a port of call for visiting ships and whalers to today's tourist town. Among the museum collections is Maori taonga including a small waka (canoe), a one-fifth scale model of Captain Cook's Endeavour, an original whaleboat and mementos of game fisherman, Zane Grey. Enjoy watching the DVD of historic Russell and see the exhibitions that are on display in the gallery. We hope you enjoy your visit. The Museum gift shop features a wide range of special gifts, souvenirs and books. The Russell Museum operates as a registered charity and does not receive any funding for operational expenses. The Museum is self funded by the entrance fee, research charges and profits from the Museum shop.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good46%
  • Average23%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“short video” (6 reviews)
2 York Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7701

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to learn about Russell and early New Zealand history. Don't miss the old whaling boat in the garage outback facing the sea.

Thank getdihere
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a great mix of memorabilia that really brings to life the chequered history and natural history of Russell. Wild life in every sense! It doesn't take too long to go round but you can easily get drawn into the minutiae and insights...More

Thank nick w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Russell Museum is a great place to call into when you are here in Russell. Gave us a great perspective of Russell as a whole and the residents and what better way to see a place then also looking at its past?

Thank Patrick L
Reviewed 5 August 2017

A small museum with a few interesting exhibits. Does not warrant a special visit but if you are in Russell with time to kill then worth taking a look.

Thank Gadabouts95
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

The museum has a very good display on the history of Russell and the people who have lived there over the years. There is a small entrance fee but it is well worth the money if you have an interest in learning more about whaling...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Strange little museum. $10 entry and stayed for 10 minutes. Little to see, mostly reading information that you can get off the internet. Gift shop is worth a look though.

Thank boourns23
Reviewed 10 May 2017

We stayed in Russell for 3 days, and on a drenching day, ran to this museum as a refuge. We were delighted with this small gem of a place. The history of Russell is presented in a continuously running video program. There are Maori, early...More

2  Thank Ethel C
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I'm a history buff so this museum was a must. Loved the video and the artefacts of Maori and settlers, but particularly enjoyed looking around the one fifth replica of Cook' Endeavour. The history of the seasons compiled using fallen and felled Kauri dating back...More

1  Thank gerryp24
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We are not really into museums but this was quite interesting and if you are over that way worth a visit. We went over the car ferry snd really enjoyed our day trip here.

1  Thank Keza_WA
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

An enjoyable informative interlude A great little video on the history of Russell and some interesting artifacts

1  Thank William B
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