The Dowse Art Museum
Visiting The Dowse
Here are just some of the reasons:
- An exciting exhibition programme that showcases the best in contemporary art and design
- A busy events calendar with something for everyone, from the monthly Late Lounge session with bands and solo performers to artists' talks and creative workshops
- Free entry
- Onsite café
- MINE: The Dowse shop offers a range of designer gifts and cards
- Curriculum-linked education programmes and school holiday events
- An upstairs visitors lounge for friends and family to relax in
- Multi-purpose venue and meeting spaces for hire
The Dowse has a collection of more than 3000 artworks, with a strong focus on the decorative arts.
Finding and contacting The Dowse
45 Laings Road – opposite the i-SITE
T: 04 570 6500
Monday to Sunday - 10am - 5pm
Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
Petone Settlers Museum
Visiting the Petone Settlers Museum
Situated on the shores of Wellington harbour, the Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakaaro occupies one of New Zealand’s most significant memorial buildings, the Wellington Provincial Memorial.
The museum has just undergone a beautiful refurbishment, uncovering the building’s original grand harbour view. Brand new interactive exhibitions and activities have also been created for visitors to enjoy. ‘Haere Mai’ explores past and present arrivals, ‘Borough of Petone’ offers a more contemporary look at local life and industry, and returning by popular demand, a replica of a ship’s steerage has been built so visitors can experience the conditions that European settlers endured in 1840.
Petone Settlers Museum events programme
The Happiness Club is the name of the museum's new events programme. Keep in touch by signing up to our e-newsletter, The Sometime Times.
Accessing the online passenger database
You can access records of vessels and voyages to Wellington from the United Kingdom, Australia and parts of Europe between 1839 and 1897.
Finding and contacting the Petone Settlers Museum
The Esplanade, Petone
T: 04 568 8373
Open seven days a week, 10am - 4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Open public holidays.
Summer hours (January - February)
Monday to Sunday 10am - 4pm
The Wainuiomata Museum
Visiting the Wainuiomata Museum
Picture life in years gone by – in the classroom and beyond.
Situated within two classrooms in the grounds of Wainuiomata School, one room has been retained as a period classroom and the other holds historic articles on life in the Wainuiomata Valley.
The museum is run by the local Historical Society. Entry by gold coin donation.
Finding and contacting the Wainuiomata Museum
Wainuiomata Primary School
Sundays - 2pm - 4pm and by arrangement