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Aratoi Museum of Art and History

11 Bruce Street, Masterton 5810, New Zealand
+64 6-370 0001
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Best local art and history museum!

Always something interesting to see. Great selection of gifts to purchase. Good balance of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nice little museum

This local museum is wonderful asset to the Wairarapa. It focuses on (mainly) local history and... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
New Zealand
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11 Bruce Street, Masterton 5810, New Zealand
+64 6-370 0001
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always something interesting to see. Great selection of gifts to purchase. Good balance of history and art. Friendly staff. Cafe adjacent.

Thank MastertonLiz
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This local museum is wonderful asset to the Wairarapa. It focuses on (mainly) local history and portrays this very well. Displays are well lit and description panels easy to read. By international standards its not very large, but it makes us for its lack of...More

Thank NewZealandCarver
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Entry was free, though there is a donation box. The museum is bigger than it appears so it's worth spending an hour browsing through its current displays. It's a very modern, clean, light filled building, with a shop full of local interesting items.

Thank BelC0001
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The coffee I had wasn't great. The chocolate brownie was dry and we didn't finish it. The museum itself looks interesting.

1  Thank Simon K
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

If you happen to be in Masterston this is a great little galley to check out. It's not big but friendly and easy to get around. It was better/more interesting than The Dowse in Wellington.

1  Thank lish421
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Aratoi is a great place to absorb the local art and culture, with friendly staff. The museum gift shop is also a fantastic place to find a unique piece for yourself or someone else.

1  Thank Quack_quack_quackl
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We walked in off the street and were made to feel very welcome by the volunteer by the desk. They have an awesome little shop which has books, reasonably priced art works and hand made jewellery for sale. There are 3 galleries and we saw...More

1  Thank AnneGreytown
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed a brief visit to Aratoi. Lucky to catch the Kermadec exhibition & some interesting photographic exhibits. Nice cafe too.

Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Aratoi is a wonderful Museum to visit. Beautiful exhibitions of Art and interesting displays. The staff are friendly and helpful. With Jewellery and Art to buy. An interest for all ages.

Thank jqart
Reviewed 26 July 2016

A gallery that should be visited regularly. Some exhibitions may be viewed over several months, such as the history of Featherston camp, where sixty thousand soldiers were trained for the Great War. There are also short term shows, often of local artists, and occasionally featuring...More

Thank Pounui
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