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 St. Changing exhibitions display the town's rich history. Admission is free. We are usually open Thursday to Saturday 10am - 2pm, during exhibitions.
MUSEUM UNDER COVID ALERT LEVEL 2
The Museum remains under the new Level 2 rules and we are welcoming visitors again. However to comply with these rules, you must sign in (QR code or paper record), wear a mask and maintain a 2 metre distance between visitors.
current exhibition extension
Our current exhibition "Ko Ōtaki te awa: Ōtaki is the river" is proving to be so popular that we are extending it until the end of October. The next phase featuring other aspects of the river's history will open a week later. Do come along if you haven't already visited, or come back to learn more.
KO ŌTAKI TE AWA
ŌTAKI IS THE RIVER
Featuring aspects of the relationship that Maori, European and now the Otaki community have with the river and the river with them.
Photo: Otaki Gorge in the 1880s
READING ROOM OPEN FOR YOUR OWN RESEARCH
Interested in finding out more about people and places in Otaki? Come into the museum's Anne Thorpe Reading Room and browse our archives: photos, oral histories, books, Historical Journals and more.
Earthquake assessment of Museum building
The Kapiti Coast District Council has advised us that the full seismic assessment of the Otaki Museum building has confirmed that the Museum building is earthquake prone ie. it is under 34 percent of New Building Standards.
The Council is allowing us to remain 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.