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 currently open Friday and Saturday 10am - 2pm, during exhibitions.

NEW EXHIBITION "tHE WAY WE WERE: GLIMPSES OF DAYS GONE BY"

Our new exhibition is now open. Come along and see items from collection held by the museum and members of the local community. Themes in the display include Māori taonga, sport, hotels, domestic life, music and entertainment, Ōtaki Chinese history and the Brown/Bright families.

Image: Sheet music of  "The Nikau Waltz" composed by D W Quill, whose parents manged the Railway Hotel.

 

change to opening days

The museum is currently only open Fridays and Saturdays. We apologise for this change. However the Covid-19 epidemic has meant that we have fewer volunteers available to staff our front desk. 

 

MUSEUM ANNUAL REPORT

You can read a full account of our last year's activities in our 2020-2021 Annual Report:

 

 

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.

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