What we do
We hold regular exhibitions on different themes of Ōtaki’s history. Items exhibited include photos, posters, letters and other written or printed material as well as artefacts.
Our extensive collection includes printed and written material ranging from family histories to old newspapers to military records, along with household items, clothing, tools and many more artefacts.
The Anne Thorpe reading room is open to the public whenever the museum is open and by arrangement at other times. Here you can find archives: photos, oral histories, books, Historical Journals and more.
Ōtaki Museum gives akōnga/learners the chance to connect with the past, present and future through stories, taonga and objects of Ōtaki and its surrounding districts. The museum supports connections to mana whenua stories, Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand histories and other relevant curriculum areas.
Schools and kura are encouraged to get in touch with the museum to discuss ways it can enrich learning including questions akonga want to explore.
We rely on volunteers to run the museum – there are no paid staff. We need people to help welcome visitors to the museum, to become members of our working parties, to offer themselves for election to our Board of Trustees. Please contact us if you are interested.