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Te Awamutu Museum

The Museum

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Location: 135 Roche Street, opposite the Waipa District Council building and next to the library.

Phone: 07-872-0085
Website: www.tamuseum.org.nz

Opening Hours :
10am to 4pm weekdays
10am to 2pm Saturdays and public holidays
Sundays - closed


Free, donations (koha) welcome.

Booking essential for groups

General Info

Established in 1935, today Te Awamutu Museum seeks to connect more people with history, culture, art and ideas more often.

Come and experience:

- Waipā, Nga Taonga Tuku Iho – Treasured Legacy: This exhibition encompasses treasured moments in Waipa history.
Discover distinctive landscapes. Connect with the people who shaped this land. Experience the region’s uniqueness. Tangata Whenua – People of the Land. Begin your journey through landscapes filled with rich stories of the Tainui people. Opens 1st July 2014.

- All about Art – An art space with a variety of activities for the whole family. ‘The important thing is to create’ Pablo Picasso.

- Neil and Tim Finn (Split Enz) – If you would like information about the Finn brothers please ask at the front counter.

- Plus changing exhibitions and events.

Museum Archives – The Museum Archives collection holds historical documents related to the social history of our district. It is available for research by appointment, or we can do research on your behalf.

Museum Education Services – Our inspiring education team combines historically-rich sites, hands-on learning and mobile technology to create learning experiences that teachers and students love.

The Shop at Te Awamutu Museum – a range of stunning gifts made by artists and craftspeople from New Zealand.

For more information about the above, contact the museum.


The museum began in 1935 in Gifford's Building in Alexandra Street, and for many years was administered by the Te Awamutu Historical Society. In 1954, after a community project by the Te Awamutu Jaycees, the first museum building was opened by the Governor General Sir Willoughby Norrie. This was the first museum in the Waikato and won a community service award for the Jaycees. The Te Awamutu Borough Council included a museum building in stage two of their civic complex, and this building was opened in 1976.


See videos of museum events at TATV.