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


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 next exhibition features some of the history of Otaki's two hospitals: the Cottage Hospital and the Sanatorium.These were situated on the higher ground off Mill Rd.  The Cottage Hospital became the Maternity Home in 1945 and is now the Otaki Community Health Centre.  The Sanatorium closed  in 1964. The building was subsequently used by Kimberley Hospital and Training Centre for some its residents until 1985. The old buildings were demolished in 1997. 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.

Opening ceremony: Thursday 12 December, 5pm. Opens to the public from  Friday 13 December.



100 years ago a group of local people  set up an organisation to look after the interests of local returned service people.This became the Otaki RSA branch. Today, the Otaki and Districts RSA continues to cater for veterans of various conflicts and to provide a community hub for social activities.

This exhibiiton will close Saturday 30 November. 


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