Established in 2003, 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) 10-2pm.
Otaki Museum houses a comprehensive range of items significant to the history of Otaki and the surrounding district; collects objects, stories, and images of interest; has an extensive photo collection and many early copies of the town's newspaper, the Otaki Mail; holds archival material relating to the town and its people, including records from Otaki School and the Otaki Borough Council; records and collects oral history; and tells Otaki's stories through a changing exhibition programme.
The Otaki Museum is housed in the former Bank of New Zealand building, built in 1918. As one of the most historic and prominent on Main Street it was the Council Chamber for the Otaki Borough Council from 1967 to 1989 and housed the local service centre of the Kapiti Coast District Council until 1998.
It has been restored by the Museum Trust from its near derelict condition to a state that reflects and respects its historic beginnings. The building incorporates fine timber panelling, an elegant staircase, stained glass windows and beautiful pressed metal ceilings.
The building is owned by the Kapiti Coast District Council.
The Otaki Museum is governed by the Otaki Heritage Bank Preservation Trust. The Trust was established in 2003.
The goal of the Trust is to collect, preserve and share Otaki's history through a programme of changing exhibitions of stories, images and other artifacts.
The current Trust members are:
Treasurer: Neale Ames
Members: Aileen Lumley, Jan Harris, Angela Hill, Anne Thorpe, Colin Robertson, Meagan Roach (Otaki Historical Society representative), Kerry Bevan (Otaki Community Board representative), andRex Kerr (Rotary representative) .
The Trust welcomes financial support from the Otaki Community Board through the Kapiti Coast District Council as well as other funding organisations.
Other financial support and practical support from the people of Otaki is welcome.
FRIENDS OF THE OTAKI MUSEUM
The Friends of the Otaki Museum support the museum's ongoing work, through ideas, practical effort and financial contributions.
Many of this valuable group regularly volunteer their time as hosts at the museum's exhibitions, sharing their knowledge of the town and district and helping make the museum a welcoming place to our visitors.
By joining our community of supporters, you can help us preserve and promote the stories of Otaki and its people.
As a member of the Friends you will also:
- receive the "Friends" newsletter
- be able to attend private views and events held at the Museum
- be able to participate in local Museum projects
- broaden your knowledge of the town and district
If you would like to join the Friends of the Otaki Museum please contact us or pick up the membership form from the Museum.
- Otaki Historical Society
- Kapiti Coast District Council
- Otaki Map
- Otaki Mail online
- Kapiti Libraries
- Te Wananga o Raukawa
- Otaki Genealogy - NZSG Otaki Branch details
- Horowhenua Kete - images, audio, video and documents
- Papers Past - a collection of digitised historic New Zealand newspapers (National Library of New Zealand)
- Museums Aotearoa
- Otaki Museum is part of the Discover Kapiti Heritage Group which is a collection of eight museums on the Kapiti Coast.