news from 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’.

Retirement of founding trustee 

Anne Thorpe has recently retired  from the Museum Trust. Anne was instrumental in enabling the preservation of the museum building back in 2002 – 2003. She gathered a group of enthusiastic people together to lobby, fund raise and restore the building and set up the current trust, and was the first chair of the trust. Since then, she has participated in the preparation of many of the museum’s exhibitions, has helped develop policy and has encouraged many other members of the community to become involved over the years. The trust acknowledges with gratitude Anne’s enormous contribution. We wish her well in her well-deserved retirement.   



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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