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Gathering, preserving & telling stories of Ōtaki & its environs

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 open Thursday to Saturday (during exhibitions) 10am-2pm.  Read more

DISCOVER KAPITI HERITAGE WEEKEND 19 - 21 JANUARY

Heritage exhibitions, prizes and more on offer throughout Kapiti over Wellington Anniversary Weekend 
From Paekakariki to Otaki, the nine museums in the Discover Kapiti Heritage Group will showcase the district’s rich and vibrant history with exhibitions and other activities over Wellington Anniversary Weekend on 19th thru 21st January. 

This event promotes the history of the district and both locals and visitors to the Kapiti Coast will also have the opportunity to win prizes as they visit the museums over that weekend. This is an ideal chance for people to visit more of the museums, learn about our amazing past and be in the draw for some great prizes.

Visit the Discover Kapiti Heritage Group website at www.kapitiheritage.org.nz for more information. 

CURRENT EXHIBITION

100 YEARS: “THE MOST PREPOSSESSING BUILDING IN THE DISTRICT".

An exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the museum (old bank) building. (photo: courtesy Otaki Historical Society)

Now open

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