Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art & History

Aratoi - the heart of Masterton's Arts Quarter

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.

Check out what's on at Aratoi now:

  • The Spirit of the 60s: The Photography of Michael Cooper - Get an insider's view of the sixties through Michael Cooper's unique photographs. As a Vogue fashion photographer and friend of Keith Richards he photographed the creative, rich and famous including the cover image of The Beatles iconic album and much more. Until 15 November
  • Kotahitanga - Coming together - Wairarapa's artistic community celebrate coming together again after Covid-19 with an exhibition of local arts and crafts. Hundreds of items will be on display and for sale on a cash and carry basis, with sold works being replaced throughout the duration of the show. Until 15 November

Aratoi is part of the Masterton Arts Quarter, along with ConArt Gallery & Studio next door, King St Artworks and Te Pa. Download the Masterton Arts Quarter leaflet to learn more. 

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

Aratoi also serves as a performance art space, an educational centre, and has an eclectic gift shop. 

Not far from Aratoi are a range of other activities and places:
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 Masterton to check out! 

Masterton Arts Quarter

Address: 
Cnr Bruce and Dixon St
Masterton 5810
New Zealand
Opening Hours: 
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. Closed on Anzac Day, 25 April, until 1:00pm.
Phone: 
+64 6 370 0001
Email: 
info@aratoi.co.nz
Website: 
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