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.

Be sure to check out Minkisi – Art and Belief in West and Central Africa, a rare collection of 100 works including masks, figures, statues, instruments, and reliquaries from 33 tribal groups in 10 countries, offering a privileged insight into secret Africa. On until 25 November 2018. 

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

Minkisi Exhibition

Cnr Bruce and Dixon St
Masterton 5810
New Zealand
Opening Hours: 
Open 7 days, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, January 1st, January 2nd and Good Friday. Closed on Anzac Day, 25 April, until 1:00pm.
+64 6 370 0001