welcome to the otaki museum

Gathering, preserving & telling stories of Otaki & its environs

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 open Thursday to Saturday (during exhibitions) 10am-2pm.  Read more

The Otaki Scholar and Ōtaki: a legacy of World War I

Come and see the history of the Otaki Scholar, now on at the museum. New touch screen technology enables you to view video clips of visits and interviews with past scholars and learn about the WWI sea battle after which the Scholar is named.

Photo: Margaret Andrews, 2008

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.
The Council has advised it will not insist on the building being closed or that its use will be restricted.
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