news from the museum

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 just 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. Come and see the pianola in our new summer exhibition “Main St’.

ON SALE NOW!

 

Sun, sea and sustenance: The story of the Otaki Children's Health Camp
by Di Buchan

Available at the Museum or from the author.  Price: $40

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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