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, natural history, fishing displays and a wonderful photographic collection.


Our Stories

Upcoming Events

Tuia – Encounters 250

In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Mercury Bay will play a significant role in the upcoming celebrations. FIND OUT MORE

Pop Up Museum at The Mercury Bay Seaside Summer Carnival

Tuesday 8th January
We will again be at the Seaside Summer Gala – look out for our gazebo at 91A.

Pop Up Museum at the Cooks Beach Summer Gala

Friday 4th January, 2019
Come and visit us at the Cooks Beach Summer Gala 😉

International Volunteer Day

Wednesday 05 December
International Volunteer Day was established by UN Volunteers in 1985 and is celebrated every year.

Museum Store Sunday

Sunday 25th November 2018 10am – 4pm
Come and check out our lovely shop and do some Christmas shopping while you are here!!

Opening Times

Summer Hours 10am to 4pm (October – June)
Open daily
* except Christmas/Boxing Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day.

Winter Hours 10am to 3pm (July to September)
Closed Mondays


Adults $7.50
Locals, NZ Seniors & Students $6
Children $2, Under 5 are free
Family pass $15 – 2 adults & 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children

Groups 10+ please contact us re your visit.

Support the Museum

By becoming a member of The Mercury Bay Historical Society, you are supporting the Museum with upcoming displays and future events.
If you would like to become a member, contact us or download our form. 

Call Us

(+64) 7 866 0730

Visit Us

11A The Esplanade, Whitianga
Opposite the wharf.
Wheelchair access & parking is available on The Esplanade.

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