Welcome to the Western Bay Museum
Aspiring to be Aotearoa's best small museum.
Nau mai, haere mai ki te whare tongarewa o Nga Kuri-a-Wharei ki Otamarakau ki te Uru.
Inside the instantly recognisable historic Old Fire Station in Katikati, you will discover the only museum in the Bay of Plenty and one of Aotearoa’s hidden-gems.
With high-quality interactive exhibitions and fun tour-experiences, we bring to life the pioneering spirit of the local Māori, Ulster Irish and all other settlers who together built this area.
Our welcoming and knowledgeable volunteer guides recount the tales of storm-ridden ocean voyages, adventurers and entrepreneurs and the determination and struggles that formed the foundations of the Western Bay of Plenty.
Visit us today (we’re perfect for a quick stop) or book one of our unique and memorable tour-experiences that will take you on a journey back to the 1900s.
Ideal for kids and adults alike. Come and discover why we believe the Western Bay Museum is Aotearoa’s best small museum.