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

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.

Otaki Museum joins with 8 other museums on the Kapiti Coast to promote our rich and diverse history during Heritage Month, September 2016.
Have fun learning more about the history of the Kapiti Coast.  Enter the Heritage Quiz and be in to win some amazing prizes.
See the website www.kapitiheritage.org.nz for more information .

 Annual General Meeting 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will be held at 11 a.m Wednesday 26 October 2016
at the Otaki Museum
49 Main Street OTAKI
Nominations are invited for three Community Trustees.
Nomination forms are available at the Museum.
Nominations must be signed by two residents of the Otaki Ward and agreed to by the Nominee.
Nominations close on 14th September 2016


Not Only Te Rauparaha & Hadfield, but  also ... opened on Thursday 14 April.  The exhibition features a selection of notable Otaki people from the past, who appear in Rex Kerr's new book.
Some of these personalities are very well-known, others less so. They all made a great contribution to our town. The museum is at 49 Main Street and is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.
Group visits can be made at other times by arrangement; to make a booking leave a message on 06 364 6886 or email: otakimuseum@paradise.net.nz
Copies of Rex's book Not only Te Rauparaha & Hadfield but also ... are on sale for $30 at the museum, Otaki New World and Riverstone Cafe.
The exhibition will close on Saturday 1 October 2016.

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