welcome to the Otaki museum

Raising awareness among residents and visitors of Otaki's rich heritage by providing engaging exhibitions and facilitating access to heritage collections and resources.

Otaki Museum is a small local museum on Otaki's Main Street.  Changing exhibitions display the town's rich past. Admission is free. We are usuallyopen Thursday to Saturday (during exhibitions) 10am-2pm.  Read more


Visit 9 museums and galleries!

The museums and the Mahara Gallery in the Kapiti district are encouraging people to visit them over the long weekend.  Prizes will awarded to some of the  visitors who enter the prize draw. Otaki Museum will open on it normal days, Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 January.  See http://www.kapitiheritage.org.nz/ for more information.


Interested in finding out more about people and places in Otaki? Come into the museum's new Anne Thorpe Reading Room and browse our archives: photos, oral histories, books, Historical Journals and more. 



Our new exhibition features some of the history of Otaki's two hospitals: the Cottage Hospital and the Sanatorium. The exhibition includes profiles of notable staff, medical and nursing memorabilia and recollections from some users of the services.

Photo: Arbour Day at the Cottage Hospital, 1906. Otaki Historical Society collection.


Earthquake assessment of Museum building

The Kapiti Coast District Council has advised us that the full seismic assessment of the Otaki Museum building has been completed. The assessment has confirmed that the Museum building is earthquake prone ie.  it is under 34 percent of New Building Standards.
We are discussing possible remedial action with the Council but currently we are still open for visitors as usual. 
However, the Council and the Trust wish to make people aware of the building status and that they enter it at their own risk.

The collections

The Otaki Museum houses documents, photographs, oral histories and artifacts of significance to the history of Otaki and the surrounding district.  Read more