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The small Museum that tells a big story

Admission: Adult $5.00, Child (under 15) $2.00 
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Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm, Seven Days

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Special Exhibition: Summer Harvest
Sponsored by BeeNZ

December 2016 - March 2017

Come and learn about harvesting practices of years gone by.

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Summer harvest poster
Settlers' Day Picnic: "Free Family Fun"

Celebrate the arrival of the Ulsters to Te Puke and Katikati

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Settlers' Day Picnic poster
Permanent Exhibition: The Seeka Interactive Exhibition Space

A purpose built interactive area which provides hands on access to history. The space includes an operating telephone exchange with booths, the dairy for churning butter and a replica 1910 coalrange kitchen. It also includes an operating Model 3 Treadle print press circa 1860’s, one of only two which are operating in the world (the other being held at the London Museum).
Opens August 2016
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Printing Press
Exhibitions: Taonga Maori
The Samuel Middlebrook Collection

In his long association with Katikati, Samuel Middlebrook acquired a fine collection of Taonga Māori, mostly as payment for translating documents in cases before the Māori Land Court. Samuel was raised in the North where he became fluent in Te Reo Māori. He was appointed G.V. Stewart’s surveyor and then remained in Katikati thereafter. The collection contains items such as: stone toki, kete and poi, moa bone, and patu.
Opens August 2016
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Taonga Maori Collection
THE WIDER WESTERN BAY DISTRICT: Unexpected Heroes Exhibition
Waihi Beach Library, Community Centre, Beach Road. 

Unexpected Heroes was first presented by the Western Bay Council as a Centennial commemoration of World War One. It features the real-life war experiences of five Western Bay of Plenty individuals – a nurse, three soldiers and a child. It is aimed at a family audience and is fully immersive, utilising cutting edge hologram illusions.
7 January 2017 - 
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Unexpected Heroes

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Unique Find

This artefact could represent the only Lapita artefact found in New Zealand.

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Coleman violin from Kauri Point

This violin was handcrafted by Sidney Coleman of Kauri Point, for his wife Ivy in the 1960s.

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The Killen Family Harmonium

The Killen family's harmonium was shipped out from Dublin to Katikati in 1878. Made in America by Mason and Hamlin, it still plays today.

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History of Katikati Theatre

The earliest movies played in Katikati were silent movies in the 1920s.  In 1926 Waihi's theatre building was moved to Katikati to cater for the large gangs of men engaged in building the reailway from Waihi to Tauranga.

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