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.

 

DISCOVER KAPITI HERITAGE WEEKEND: visit 10 museums

Over Wellington Anniversary Weekend 22-24 January members of the Discover Kapiti Heritage Group are hosting activities and exhibitions displaying aspects of the district's heritage. From Paekakariki to Otaki there will be something to interest you and you family. See www.kapitiheritage.org.nz for each museum's display, opening days and hours.

Otaki Museum is open Friday 21 and Saturday 22 January, 10am - 2pm.

Photo: Getting a canoe over the rapids, Otaki River, 1880s

 

museum entry requirements

The adoption of the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) from Friday 3 December means a few changes at the museum. For the safety of visitors and volunteers, we have decided to agreed to restrict entry to those who have been fully vaccinated. This means visitors should have their Covid vaccine pass with them to show us on entry. Scanning or signing in is still necessary and we encourage you tow ear a mask and keep your distance from other visitors. Thanks for your understanding.

 

change to opening days

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

 

current EXHIBITION:

KO ŌTAKI TE AWA, KO ŌTAKI TE KAINGA:

ŌTAKI IS THE RIVER, ŌTAKI IS THE HOME

A fascinating display of more stories of the Ōtaki community's relationship  with the river: Ngati Huia's home at Katihiku,  farming, gardening, recreation, gravel extraction, and more. 

Photo: Ōtaki Gorge in the 1880s

 

MUSEUM ANNUAL REPORT

The museum's AGM was held recently. 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