This encapsulates three long-term social history galleries that form an overview of life pre-European through to the industrial achievements of the 1960’s. Interpretive stories, historical accounts, objects and taonga Māori visualise treasured moments in the development of the Waipā from early Māori occupation to European settlers. Discover distinctive landscapes. Connect with the people who shaped this land. Experience the district’s uniqueness.

Gavin Gifford Gallery

A long-term gallery used for all types of displays, internally and externally developed and touring exhibitions.


This is a short-term community gallery. The gallery highlights stories and visual displays created by the Museum or the local community. Small exhibitions around the Museum collection, specific anniversary celebrations, commemorations, community projects, arts, and more are captured here and are on show for a short time.


This gallery is the first stop on your free self-guided journey of culturally significant sites through the Waipā district. On show are taonga objects related to the amazing stories connected to this landscape. Map out your journey from here and don’t forget to ask about the new Te Ara Wai Journey merchandise especially created for your trip around the district.

Te Ara Wai Journeys – experience places of local and national importance, and discover unique stories told by local experts.

Past exhibitions shown in the Gavin Gifford Gallery


Te Mātakitaki i te hara i a Te Haranui Exhibition on show at Te Awamutu Museum! A significant exhibition commemorating 200 years since the battle Mātakitaki in 1822. At that ...
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Ngā Kura o Tua Whakarere A collaborative exhibition with Raukawa, portraying the history and journey of Ngāti Raukawa. An immersive display of stories, images, taonga, audio, video and educative animations ...
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He Marangai ki te Whenua Exhibition

He Marangai ki te Whenua An exhibition by Karangawai Marsh of abstract kōwhaiwhai aho paintings informed by Māori language that reflects a concept describing language immersion and the intimate relationships ...
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Puāwai Exhibition

"Poipoia te kakano, kia puāwai" "Nurture the seed and it will blossom" Puāwai is an engaging creative studio workshop environment where audiences participate in various creative activities and art development ...
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Formal Friday 2.0 Exhibition

Due to popular demand, we have extended this exhibition until July 2021. This is a great opportunity for all that missed out on visiting this exhibition during Covid change of ...
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Formal Friday Exhibition

Our latest exhibition is what I would like to call a rapid response show- one that was created on a very short timeline in response to what is happening in ...
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Te Kōpuni Kura – Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Te Kōpuni Kura: Collected Treasures of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Te Kōpuni Kura is the name of the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa art collection. The name reflects what the collection ...
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Te Ohanga Ake is a PHD exegesis exhibition describing visually, intergenerational knowledge exchange through Māori fibre arts. Te Kanawa, based in Te Kuiti, acknowledges her mother Diggeress Te Kanawa and ...
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Whatu Manawa – Matekino Lawless

Whatu Manawa Celebrating the Weaving of Matekino Lawless This exhibition showcases signatures works, chosen from a comprehensive collection of kete dating from the 1980s to the present, along side kakahu ...
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To The Dogs!

Back by popular demand! Explore the special relationship we have with dogs in all aspects of life! It is amazing how man's best friend has been part of our lives ...
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The Divine Remains

Something blooming wonderful is here! Don't miss this beautiful blooming exhibition by David Lupton, who has been photographing pressed flowers for the past six years, constant experimenting and refining his ...
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Pā Harakeke – Oriwa Morgan-Ward

The Open Artist Studio Project Te Awamutu Museum has developed a unique opportunity for artists to work with their collection. The Open Artist Studio project offers an artist the opportunity ...
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It’s all about US!

A co-creative, community led exhibition! You're invited to participate in understanding what you want to see in YOUR Museum. You are asked to 'leave your mark' with coloured dots, drawings, ...
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Through His Eyes – Phil Brown

Captivating imagery on show for a limited time! Phil Brown photographic exhibition curated by the Te Awamutu Museum staff, showing at the Te Awamutu Library, Community Room: Selwyn Lane, Te ...
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Toi Manawa: Celebrate the heart of the Landscape

For this exhibition, the landscape is defined as a visual interpretation of the artists' creative process. New, emerging and well-known artists who have ancestral connections, work or live in the ...
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