The Western Bay Museum's collections and exhibitions tell the in-depth stories of our history, our people and our places.
We are at the forefront of quality in museum principles and practices. We keep our collections and exhibitions current, uncluttered and simple and we display items in creative and engaging ways. Updated three times a year, we are fortunate to have forged close relationships with experienced museum curators and designers who help bring our high-quality exhibitions to life.
Statistics from Museums Aotearoa tell us that, on average, visitors to New Zealand museums only spend an average of 45 mins on their visit, whether it’s Te Papa or one of the smaller regional museums such as ours. We’ve listened to this and as such, we do things differently at the Western Bay Museum. We want to ensure that our visitors have the most memorable experience in the short time they spend with us.
Our specialist rooms feature captivating collections of historic technology, beautiful natural items and hands-on features that engage and inspire visitors.
We want to ensure our museum benefits the entire community of the Western Bay area through connections with all our region’s towns. Our satellite displays at are updated along with our exhibitions and we aim to expand these further over the coming years.