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 past. Admission is free. We are usually open Thursday to Saturday 10am - 2pm, during exhibitions.


COVID19 update

The museum has re-opened under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 conditions. During Level 2 we will be operating with reduced hours 12noon - 2pm. Precautions will include: contact details required, keeping 1 metre apart, hand sanitising, frequent wiping of surfaces, etc. Books and journals will not be available for sale during this period.
The Otaki Museum trustees.

Notice posted  27 May 2020


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. 



Our latest 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