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Whittaker's Musical Museum

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Address: 2 Korora Street, Artworks Centre, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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+64 9-372 5573

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Two talented musicians and storytellers

Fantastic museum with a wide array of beautifully restored musical instruments from the last three centuries. The real gem about this place is the 1.30pm concert. Watch as Joan... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brian P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic museum with a wide array of beautifully restored musical instruments from the last three centuries. The real gem about this place is the 1.30pm concert. Watch as Joan and Lloyd take you on a trip down yesteryear explaining the history and personal connection with their instruments. The ease at which both interchange instruments and perform solo pieces and duets... More 

Thank Brian P
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This was an unforgettable trip lead by Joan and Lloyd Whittaker through a historical range of fascinating instruments from accordions to pianolas, organs and grand pianos. They are all beautiful and playable.

Thank Judyrichspain
Buderim, Australia
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

The museum has the most interesting collection of musical, all in working condition, which you can play. During our visit another international visitor played all the keyboard instruments and treated everyone to a spontaneous concert. The staff told us that this is very common as a good musical museum invariably attracts people who are musically talented. I can strongly recommend... More 

Thank ormerods
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Whittakers survives on donations and a minimal entry fee. Each day, they do a sort of "concert" demonstrating a huge range of instruments. Unusually, provided you treat the instruments with respect, they will let you play the less fragile ones - awesome ! Sadly the couple who run it are getting much older now so the skill to play some... More 

Thank Trevor D
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Every musical instrument in this little museum has a story, and often it's written for all to read. I was amused by the various accordions, but my favorite instrument in the collection was the "mission organ" as I could just imagine it on the back of a wagon pulled by horses to its rural destination.

Thank kehoedds
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5 reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Visited the museum during one of their talks on the history of various pianos and harpsichords in their museum. Lloyd Whittaker played several of them demonstrating the differing sounds of each of the lovingly restored instruments

Thank KazLM
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

A quiet little museum with an exquisite collection of musical instruments and definitely worth a little look if you have the time while visiting Waiheke Island. It won't take you long to have a look around and appreciate the gorgeous collection on display. (Note, I visited in July 2015, but the earliest Tripadvisor let me select was December 2015, unfortunately.)

Thank Holly M
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this wonderful museum when visiting the attached gallery, and we were so glad we did. We were given a personal and guided tour, with recitals and demonstrations. Mr and Mrs Whittaker are lovely and clearly have a very great passion for their work and their fascinating collection. Our one year old was entranced by the music and... More 

Thank channel_flying
Lower Hutt City
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Fantastic interlude on Waiheke visit. great hosts with a story for each instrument . The Whittaker's can play all the items on display and will play most of them on an organised booking. Highly recommended .

Thank Leverman75
Brisbane Region, Australia
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

Interesting selection and collection and memorabilia this music show is about 1 1/2 hours long, and it is a true delight to any music lover. A great deal of information of music is shared here.

Thank michele n

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