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.



Visit 10 museums on the Kapiti Coast during Anniversary weekend. There are steam engines to see, world class cars, tram-rides, trains and aeroplanes, as well as art displays,
and regularly changing exhibitions at
the local museums.

Otaki Museum will be open Thursday - Sunday 10am -2pm for  this celebration of our local heritage.


During the school holidays we are running our popular children's quizzes again, one for primary and one for secondary students. Get all the answers correct and go into a draw to win a prize of vouchers from local Main St businesses. Come along to the Main St exhibition and have a go! Exhibition ends on Saturday 6 February.

 CURRENT EXHIBITION: as time goes by: the changing face of main st

This exhibition features some of the shops, businesses, entertainment and people who have lived and worked in Otaki‚Äôs Main St over the years. 

Photo: Courtesy Otaki Historical Society



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.

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