ANZAC 2020

This year Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia were in lockdown due to Covid-19. Usually the Museum would have activities for families to come in and commemorate ANZAC Day after the annual Te Awamutu dawn ceremony on ANZAC Green in the township. This year we were asked to stand at our front gates at dawn and commemorate ANZAC day in our own homes. Front gates took on amazing commemorative spaces by families sharing the spirit of loved ones lost.

The Museum decided to create virtual activities like the online presentation about ANZAC Day utilising images from the collection, posting it to our FB page. We also asked our online community to share their front gate commemorative poppies to our FB. Wow, what incredible artwork and some amazing messages of inspiration.

Here are two of our online activities we shared virtually.

Make a Poppy 

To commemorate Anzac Day, on the 25th Apil 2020 we invite you to make a poppy with us and the RSA.
If you would like to make a poppy for ANZAC day you can watch the video and download your poppy template here:

Team Training

Tēnā koutou

The Museum will be opening at a later time of 2pm on Friday 24th July, to allow for staff training.

We apologise for any inconvenience. Kia ora

21 JULY 2020


Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo!

Celebrate Māori Language Week with the Museum by attending the Tī Rākau Stick Game of Skill with Oriwa & Awatea this Saturday. Every participant receives their own set of rākau to decorate and work with. A great skill game to share with the whānau family as you test yourself to learn the actions while singing the waiata song.

Date: 19th September 2020

Time: 10.30am-12pm & 12.30pm-2pm

Cost: $5 per participant, per session

Ages: Open to all ages

Skill: Hand eye coordination

Resources: Provided

Bookings: Essential, 10 participants per session

Share our FB event page with your friends click here

Phone the reception today for bookings on 07 872-0085. All children must have adult supervision

Share our FB event page with your friends click here


Matariki Workshops with Oriwa

We’re welcoming families to our public programmes during the July school holidays. Take a look at what creative activities we have for all ages.

Click this link to go to the workshop page

Click this link to go to our FB event page and invite friends to the workshops

20 JUNE 2020

Museum Open

Museum is open to the public!

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back in 25th May 2020. We have Covid:19 levels of restrictions in place with social distancing and limited Museum services and programming. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you’ll enjoy your time visiting the Museum. Please remember to follow our host instructions, be patient and mindful of others.

Monday – Friday 10am-4pm only

18 MAY 2020