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.



Our AGM will be held Monday 12 October, 2pm at the Museum. If you're interested in the Museum's activities, do come along. We're seeking a new trustee to sit on the governance board and also assist with the day-to-day running of the Museum. Contact us for more information 06 364 6886 or admin@otakimuseum.co.nz


Normal hours apply. We will continue to display our QR code so you can scan it for contact tracing purposes.. Hand sanitiser will be available. Please don't come to the museum if you feel unwell.

Issued 24 September 2020. 

 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. 

We're running a quiz for children on topics in the exhibition: get all the answers correct and be in the draw to win a prize - one for primary and one for secondary students.

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 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