Citation 2013 Museums Aotearoa Awards:
History of Fishing
Fishing is like a religion in Mercury Bay, and this community endeavour netted many local interest groups to create a comprehensive treatment with a shoestring budget.
The creative displays illustrate the different types of fishing in the Bay – past, present and future – and clever positioning has made the museum a must-see attraction for proud residents and the many tourists.
The Coromandel Peninsula's most visited museum with exhibits about the Polynesian navigator Kupe, Maori artifacts, the Endeavour and James Cook, HMS Buffalo (sunk 1840), kauri timber and gum, the old dairy factory in which the museum is housed, early settlers' records and photographic collection, natural history displays and the History of Fishing display. Screening room featuring: "Twelve Days - Capt James Cook in Mercury Bay" (35 minutes).
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11A The Esplanade Whitianga, 3510 New Zealand
Phone 07 866 0730
Opposite the wharf with free parking on museum grounds.
Seniors, Locals & Students $6
Children $2 Under 5 free
Family pass $15
Hours 10am to 4pm
Open every day except Christmas
Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day 25 April