Bringing you face to face with our heritage
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.
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
Summer Hours 10am to 4pm (October – June)
* except Christmas/Boxing Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day.
Winter Hours 10am to 3pm (May to September)
Locals, NZ Seniors & Students $6
Children Under 13 are free
Groups 10+ please contact us re your visit.
Last admission is 45 minutes prior to closing
Become a Volunteer
If you would like to volunteer to be part of our front-of-house team welcoming visitors to the museum, read our volunteer programme fact sheet and download our application form from the link below.