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:
- Burn it all down - Bringing together the work of seven artists who use fire, destruction, and obsolescence in their work to highlight the fragility of our world, ourselves, and our memories until 14 May.
- Alice Vallance Hosking and Kirsty Gardiner: Conversations through Time - The work of Alice (nee Vallance) Hosking (1860-1920) and Kirsty Gardiner, contemporary ceramic and textile artist who was inspired by Alice's sketch books, until 2 April.
- Print Council of New Zealand: Celebration - Bringing together the work of printmakers across NZ to honour 20 years of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand until 4 June 2023.
- 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 isite Visitor Information 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!