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. 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:

Focus on the Collection: Douglas MacDiarmid Centenary Art Trail - Showing work by Douglas MacDiarmid (1922-2020), an acclaimed NZ expatriate painter, known for his diverse work and mastery of colour until 4 December 2022.
- Rā Whānau ki a King Street Artworks - Featuring 25 artists to celebrate 25 years and acknowledge all of those that have passed through the doors until 4 December 2022.
Masterton Museum: A Cabinet of Curiosities - A collection of fascinating and curious objects gathered by local people until 2 July 2023.

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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