Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art & History

Lindauer portrait

There's always something fascinating at Aratoi, the Wairarapa's largest museum. You'll discover national and Wairarapa displays, exquisite Māori taonga/treasures, ceramics, paintings, photography, children's art, textiles, and much more.

Aratoi also serves as a performance art space, an educational centre, and has an eclectic gift shop. Next door is Entice Cafe, a very family-friendly cafe with great coffee. The Masterton i-SITE Visitor Centre is just next door, and beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park is over the road. A few metres away is The Wool Shed, New Zealand's national museum of sheep and shearing. You can see this is a cool part of town to check out! 

Find out what's on at Aratoi now. Be sure to see Air Force Faces: Stories of service and sacrifice, a collaboration with the Air Force Museum of NZ to celebrate Wings Over Wairarapa's 20th anniversary. See the many faces of the Kiwi airmen who served our country from World War One, and even a few of their canine companions! Showing until 31 March. 

Entry is by donation - please give what you can.  Aratoi is a registered charity. 

Cnr Bruce and Dixon St
Masterton 5810
New Zealand
Opening Hours: 
Open 7 days, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. Closed on Anzac Day, 25 April, until 1:00pm.
+64 6 370 0001