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.


Tui & Tama’s Halloween Party!

Come along dressed up in an awesome costume, and join Tui and Tama for some spooky fun!

There will be craft activities, face painting and spot prizes!

Free Entry


Thursday 27th Oct


Tui and Tama get Techy!


Te Awamutu Museum is virtually coming to life thanks to new technology on offer just in time for the school holidays.

Children visiting the Museum from September 24 will be the first to use the app PingX. The smart device app aims to make the museum even more fun to visit through two virtual characters, Tui and Tama.

PingX is available for free download on the App Store or Google Play. The Museum does have two smart devices available for free use but use may be limited during peak visitor times.

The first 50 children who use the app and tour the galleries will receive a fantastic boredom buster pack from Tui and Tama!

Saturdays 10am-2pm

Weekdays 10am-4pm

Beginning 10am 24th September