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:

  • New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Wairarapa Art Review 2021 - A selected exhibition open to all artists living in the Wairarapa, held every two years with all artworks available to purchase. From 11 December to 13 February.
  • Steve Carr: Making Space - Bringing three short films together using inventive camera and film technology that will tease, manipulate and surprise you. Until 30 Jan 2022.
    Distant Kinship | Verre Verwanten - Showcasing the work of 18 printmakers from Grafiekgroep Bergen in The Netherlands and the New Zealand Print Council, exploring the artistic kinship that exists between the two countries. Until 20 Feb 2022.

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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