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Thames Historical Museum

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Address: Corner of Pollen and Cochrane Streets, Grahamstown, Thames, New Zealand
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+64 7-868 8509
13:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 13:00 - 16:00

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Welcoming and informative

The staff of this small-town museum acquainted us with the history of how the 19th century gold rush and Kauri tree logging elevated this area into a thriving settlement (becoming... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Daniel F
Antrim, United Kingdom
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Antrim, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff of this small-town museum acquainted us with the history of how the 19th century gold rush and Kauri tree logging elevated this area into a thriving settlement (becoming the 2nd largest city in NZ). But then the gold ran out, the forests were depleted, and like similar gold-rush towns worldwide, settled into quiet and reflective old age. The... More 

Thank Daniel F
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I just loved that you can see the history of Thames & actually touch some of the exhibits. It brings history right into your space, to be able to get close enough to see, smell & almost taste the flavours of the time period. There were so many themed areas too! The sewing table was my fave, the miners hut... More 

1 Thank Sheryl M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Visiting last summer with my family was a pleasure. It was a good experience learning the history of the area, and perhaps I will visit again when I have children of my own.

Thank Lyssia S
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

A great local museum, staffed by volunteers and well presented. Gives a wonderful history of the Thames community with ample well laid out displays and a fantastic collection of historical building models locally crafted. We were made to feel very welcome and there was no issue in taking our time, at $5 admission, an inexpensive way to spend an hour... More 

Thank Dean H
Thames, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

A whole lot of items that I'd never seen before, and lots that I remembered from childhood. Well curated by themes. A little dark and gloomy, nothing better funding couldn't cure.

Thank Eggettfayeggett
Thames, New Zealand
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Walk back through time in an old fashioned artifact rich museum. The staff know a lot about the history of Thames which is more interesting that you might think. Well worth a stop.

Thank booandberry
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Supurb small museum which tells the story of the town very well. New gallery of models of old town buildings particularly thought provoking, like being transported back in time. Quite refreshing to see a museum that is updating and telling a living story rather than being stuck in a static display

Thank Robert B
Riverton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

A real mixture of exhibits made this quite an intriguing museum. The wooden models of buildings were very impressive but the "recreations" of rooms were rather a let down. Judging by the guide we were given, many of the exhibits appeared to have been moved out and this proved to be the case. As we walked along the main street,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

This little place is like Tardis - room opens upon room full of displays of local history. Mock ups of 19th century rooms, displays of farming equipment, lovingly made models of the old main street and its buildings, a wealth of china celebrating the UK royal family, photos of local WW1 casualties etc. We visited on 1st January as folk... More 

1 Thank Paula N
new zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Went for an hour with 5&6 year old. Great staff where happy to share knowledge and show kids the could play with the old wind up gramophone and weigh themselves with old scales kids really enjoyed it.

1 Thank emdubnz

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