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:

  • Little Jewels - Established artists with an international reputation as well as emerging artists have contributed a total of 130 small works for sale at just $130. Viewers won't know who the work is by until the time of purchase, as the artworks aren't signed on the front. Little Jewels raises much needed funds for Aratoi's collection. Open daily from 7 Nov to 6 Dec from 10am - 4pm.
  • 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

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.
+64 6 370 0001