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.

Admission price:
ADULTS $5.00 and CHILDREN under 14 are FREE with an accompanying adult.
**Masks are a requirement to enter for people 12 years and over**


Our Stories

How You Can Get Involved

Help support the Museum by becoming a Friend of the Museum or a Volunteer

Volunteer Program

Be part of the front-of-house team welcoming visitors to the museum,

Friends of the Museum

When you become a Friend of the Museum you are supporting us in the protection and preservation of our collection.


The HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project aims to complete a detailed site survey to provide an accurate interpretation of the HMS Buffalo shipwreck site located in Whitianga, New Zealand.

Covid Update
Keeping our community safe

With the move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework the Mercury Bay Museum has confirmed that masks are a requirement to enter for people 12 years and over.