welcome to the otaki museum

Gathering, preserving & telling stories of Otaki & 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


Current Exhibition


This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship SS Otaki, the second ship of this name. This event took place on 10 March 1917, and the exhibition pays tribute to this event, in which Captain Archibald Bisset Smith VC lost his life, and discuss the convoy system, as Prime Minister Massey had not been prepared to send an expeditionary force without naval support. Hospital ships, including the Marquette, will also be included, and together with some fine paintings by Otaki artist Wallace Trickett.
Pictured above:SS Otaki in a painting by Otaki artist Wallace Trickett. SMS Moewe pursuing in the background

The exhibition is open to the public 10am to 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays  until mid-July 2017. Read 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 been completed. The assessment has confirmed that the Museum building is earthquake prone ie.  it is under 34 percent of New Building Standards.
The Council has advised it will not insist on the building being closed or that its use will be restricted.
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