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The Dowse Art Museum

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Address: 45 Laings Rd | Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040, New Zealand
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+64 4-570 6500

The Dowse is a nationally significant contemporary art museum as well as...

The Dowse is a nationally significant contemporary art museum as well as the public art gallery for Lower Hutt city. Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Wellington, The Dowse's programming is diverse and exciting, presenting works by local and international artists to a range of audiences. A busy events calendar complements each exhibition season with artists' talks, children's workshops and a monthly Late Lounge music session with bands and solo artists. Cafe and shop on site; free wi-fi.

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The Dowse Art Museum is a small art gallery.It has a great kids area for children to be creative.The entry is free and the exhibits are good.It also has a café to relax and eat... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

As a visitor to New Zealand I try to be polite and grateful when being admitted to free admissions for which people in New Zealand are paying. But.... This is a lovely building. It is very spacious and there are a number of rooms given over to various exhibitions. The emphasis seems to be on contemporary art but much of... More 

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

The Dowse Art Museum is a small art gallery.It has a great kids area for children to be creative.The entry is free and the exhibits are good.It also has a café to relax and eat and drink tea or coffee.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

I think the Dowse precinct is probably the best attraction in the Hutt valley. There's always some new exhibit to see and a great room for kids to get creative in. The cafe was closed last time I was there but is usually very busy. It's a great location with lots of public space around it but only a few... More 

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is quite a small gallery however there is always something new to see and it's a great location for a cultural pop in! I really like their themed exhibits upstairs and the kids area is great.

Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

Good layout, easy parking, great cafe, lovely children's area, nice surrounding. As for the exhibitions, it's personal - for me the exhibition was interesting but not mind-blowing. Headsets and audio guides available at reception free of charge.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

If you have never seen a korowhai ( feather cloak) then you can't imagine how amazing a kiwi feather cloack can look. Multiply by a dozen and you have a beautiful collection. In addition there are really avante garde "cloaks" made of steel, gauze, paua shell etc

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

We have been meaning to visit this Gallery for quite a while and finally made the visit. We enjoyed the display of Maori carving that mixed traditional with contemporary features. Lots of interesting displays on offer and free.

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We booked a room at the Dowse for a family function. It was perfect, we ended up having 60 people turn up & the venue is fantastic. We were able to bring our own Beer, Wine & Soft drinks. The Dowse Cafe catered for the food but they also let you do your own catering. A fantastic function room all... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

What more could you ask for on a girls BF catch up. Venison pie, juniper sauce, kumara mash with coffee was fabulous. Friends GF buckwheat pancakes declared delicious. Three main exhibitions today delightful especially the upstairs. Then present shopping in the gift shop 😀.

Thank Nicola W
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Great art displays, recommend visiting every two or three months as exhibits change. We have always been impressed by the variety and quality of the exhibits. Head up stairs and see the collection of film archives on the PC by the window.

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