Russell Museum, Russell

3.8
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Absorb the history of the proud local community at Russell Museum. With impressive and informative exhibits focusing on a wealth of different topics, including the history of the Maori people in the area and the town's maritime heritage, the museum introduces visitors to the rich history of the town of Russell. For about a hundred years, the town served as a hot spot for international teams of whalers, bringing mercantilism--and also debauchery--to the coast. The museum does not shy away from approaching this grisly chapter of its past, a time when it was known as the "Hell-hole of the Pacific." Put Russell Museum into our Russell sightseeing planning tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Russell.
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  • Good insight of the history of the first settlers, how Russell was (not a good place) but how its improved over time.  more »
  • A very small museum with interesting video to see to understand the history of this area.glad we discovered it by mistake.lovely gift shop  more »
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  • A small local museum with friendly staff members. Filled with local history. You'll find the gift and souvenir shop next to the museum entrance. If you like the art works inside the museum, you can contact the cashier to purchase them. There's a small parking area next to the museum.
  • Not too big, but with the necessary information to know about Maori culture and also the first encounters with the English. They usually have different exhibitions as well, but unfortunately wasn't ready by the day I did my visit. Also there is a shop where you can get not just souvenirs but also books.
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