news from the museum

 

NEW ACQUISITION: CHANDELIER

This chandelier is now gracing the museum's upstairs landing. It was donated by Mary Annette Hay and it belonged to her mother Pauline Burgess(nee Brown) and may have been used in the Bright/Brown family home Kaingaraki.

 

WHALING POT

An old whaling try pot, originally from Kapiti Island, has been installed beside the lookout at the Otaki River mouth.It was donated by Guy Burns to the Otaki Museum. Friends of the Otaki River arranged its installation and Rex Kerr prepared an information panel. Also displayed isan old whale bone donated by Margaret Bayston.

 

NEW ACQUISITION FOR THE MUSEUM

A pianola has been added to the museum’s collection. This pianola was used in the 1920s in the Otaki Theatre built by the Bright brothers.  It played perforated rolls of popular tunes, and could also be played like a normal piano.  After talking movies became available, the pianola was sold to the Banks family, formerly of Otaki.  They have kindly donated it to the museum. 

Books and Postcards

Otaki Museum has a range of books about the history of the town and district and postcards featuring scenes from Otaki Town and surrounds., for sale at Otaki Museum. 

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