Visit Thames Historical Museum in Waikato

Come and take a look at the rich history of Thames and its surroundings. Step through the doors of the Thames Museum and travel back in time; discover the stories behind the development of this area, from the arrival of Polynesian voyagers in the 13th century through to the visit by James Cook in the Endeavour in 1769, the discovery of gold in 1867 and on to the mid 1900s. Explore and enjoy: Thames Museum is an experience for visitors of all ages.

What are the Thames Historical Museum’s opening times?

The Thames Historical Museum is closed on Thursdays, but it is open every other day of the week from 10:00 to 13:00. So come on down today! Unless today is Thursday; in which case it’s closed.

The idea of a Thames Museum was first thought of, and a steering committee formed, in 1967 when the town was commemorating the centennial of the opening of the goldfields. In the 2020s Thames Museum continues to evolve. They are constantly upgrading their displays and introducing new ones. They would like to expand their premises once again… Time passes rapidly, and they will soon be celebrating the museum’s 50th birthday.

  • Adult – $5
  • Child (5-15) – $2
  • Under 5 – Free
  • Family (2 Adults/2 Children) – $10


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