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 Reading Room and browse our archives: photos, oral histories, books, Historical Journals and more. 


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.


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