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Welcome to Puke Ariki - an integrated knowledge hub comprising museum, library, research centre, museum store and i-SITE for a visitor experience that is like no other. Puke Ariki is a place where people come together and where there is a place for everyone. Sited in New Plymouth, between the majestic Mount Taranaki and the wild Tasman Sea, Puke Ariki is a place of wonder, of excitement, of discovery and adventure. "Te hiringa ā rangi, te hiringa ā nuku, te hiringa o Puke Ariki, kia tupu te toiora, kia tupu te toi auaha o te tangata, pupū mai ai i a Taranaki o mua ki Taranaki o nāianei, honohono ake te hunga kāinga, te motu me te ao ki ngā aronga hou, ki ngā ara huhua o tikanga kē, o iwi kē." "At Puke Ariki we aim to inspire creativity and enrich lives by promoting the heritage of Taranaki and connecting local people and visitors to new ideas and other cultures from around the world.
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⏳ 12-2021

Nicely done

Really enjoyed our tour around on a wet day. Filled in a good hour just enjoying the exhibits, and displays. Well laid out.
⏳ 12-2021

Great Museum!

This is a really well thought out museum, with heaps of displays and information. The National Geographic Photography Display was also being shown and it was excellent. Interesting enough for both kids and adults. Well done New Plymouth!
⏳ 12-2021

Ensure you go here - one of the BEST museums in NZ

Layout, displays, excellent, the setting superb, vibrant, and user friendly.
Very informative and a great way to learn about the history of New Plymouth, also history of NZ, very clever way it is set out.
Upstairs the animal exhibits great as well.
Were very fortunate to be able to see the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographic exhibition...MAGNIFICENT.
Went on a wet day and spent over an hour or so there, highly recommend, and not too big so you can see everything
⏳ 12-2021

Great way to spend the day

Modern art building with interesting museum exhibits showcasing Taranaki’s past, and, present. Loved the pioneers and Maori sections of the museum- very informative, interactive and well done. We spent a whole afternoon here and it wasn’t quite enough. Best of all, its free!
The public library is linked to the building just across the internal bridge.
Highly recommended.
⏳ 12-2021

Worth it

It’s the best display of Maori art (paintings) and walking down memory lane, historical significance
Hayley M
⏳ 12-2021

Great Entertainment

The kids loved it! So many things to see and do. Some really cool interactive experiences. Definitely worth a visit plus it’s FREE
⏳ 12-2021

Small town doesn’t mean small history - fascinating

Being a small town museum the history is obviously localized to the area but it is still a fascinating way to spend a rainy morning in New Plymouth. Definitely glad I went

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