Author Vincent O’Malley visiting Te Awamutu Museum

The Te Awamutu Museum is proud to be bringing New Zealand Historian and Author Vincent O’Malley to the Waipa District in May 2017.

His most recent publication is The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000.

The publisher Bridget Williams notes: “Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, ​Vincent ​O’Malley focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath. Based on many years of research and illustrated throughout, The Great War for New Zealand is a groundbreaking book written in the conviction that a nation needs to own its history.”

The Museum team is hosting An Evening with Vincent O’Malley on Tuesday 30th May. Vincent will provide an overview of his book, followed by a panel discussion with local participants including Tom Roa, Councillor Susan O’Regan, Alan Hall and Kaawhia Te Muraahi.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event ($80, cash only) and Vincent will be available to sign books between 6.15pm-6.45pm before the event.

The event is free to attend, although registration is essential.

Contact the Museum to register now!

Family Movie Nights – The Dam Busters!

Join the Museum team for a free movie night at the Museum!

In conjunction with the Dambusters exhibition, we are proud to present four free community screenings of the 1955 classic, “The Dam Busters”.

Tickets for each screening are strictly limited and must be booked and collected prior to the screening date. There is no charge for the event.

Contact the Museum to book now!

LIMITED TIME ONLY: The Finns are Back!

LIMITED TIME ONLY: The Finns are Back!

For a limited time only, see fabulous Finn Brothers memorabilia and view precious home movies from their childhood.

Now on display in Collection Corner, only until the end of February 2017!

Dambusters Exhibition Landing Soon!

Dambusters Exhibition Landing Soon!

Te Awamutu museum staff believe an upcoming exhibition celebrating World War II’s famous ‘Dambusters’ will be one of its most popular ever.

The museum will be hosting ‘Dambusters: Boffins, Bravery and Bouncing Bombs’ from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand from next week running through until July this year.

The exhibition explores the extraordinary story of the Dambusters raids on the Ruhr Valley dams in 1943. It details the planning that went into the raids, the science behind the ‘bouncing bombs’ and the aftermath for the men involved as well as the Ruhr Valley community.

It also covers the stories of the two New Zealanders who served with this elite unit, including former Waitomo mayor and dambuster pilot Les Munro.  Munro was the subject of the TVNZ documentary, ‘Reluctant Hero’.

Museum and heritage director Anne Blyth said the dambusters story is well known with a book and a movie released following World War II. But there was sustained interest in the story and she was expecting the exhibition to be very popular.

“It will primarily appeal to people interested in World War II, the Air Force and military aviation but this exhibition includes fascinating technology and interactive components as well and is very compelling. It will be captivating for all ages.”

“Visitors will get to see the science behind the famous ‘bouncing bombs’, how they modified the plans and will be amazed by the stories of the incredibly brave pilots,” Blyth said.

In conjunction with Dambusters the museum is doing a special tribute to pilot Les Munro running from the opening until April. Special screenings of the classic 1955 film ‘The Dam Busters’ starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave will also be held during the exhibition period.

Dambusters will open with a launch event on January 26 from 2pm to 6pm with local singers, games, activities and a chance to fly an Avro Lancaster via iPad technology.

The exhibition closes on July 3.

For updates on the exhibition and details of movie screening times visit and

Throughout the exhibition period there will be special screenings of the classic 1955 film, Dambusters. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for dates and times of the screenings.

Explosive Exhibition Opening, Thursday 26th January! Click here for more info

Happy New Year from Te Awamutu Museum!

As 2016 draws to an end, we’ve selected some of our highlights and managed to fit them into this 3 minute video!

Thank you to everyone who supported us and our events this year, we look forward to bringing you even more in 2017!

Tui and Tama’s Christmas Workshop!

Join Tui and Tama for some fabulous, free Christmas fun! Drop in any time during opening hours 19th-23rd December, for free craft activities, our fabulous Vintage Toy display and to drop off donations for The Salvation Army and New Lives Animal Rescue.