The museum is housed inside the instantly recognisable historic landmark - the old Fire Station in Katikati. The fire station brings together the past and the present in a way that celebrates the modern, forward-thinking nature of the Western Bay Museum as it is today.
A unique small regional museum, the interior is modern, bright and open and exhibitions are updated three times per year. The displays are current, uncluttered and simple, bringing high quality exhibitions to life in a creative and engaging way.
The specialist rooms feature captivating collections of technology, natural objects and hands-on features that are loved by kids and adults alike.
Whether you are passing through on a day trip, need a rainy day activity or staying a while, you will love the ‘hidden gem’ that is the Western Bay Museum.
DISCOVER THE MANY MUSEUM EXPERIENCES
- ‘Step Back in Time – Exhibition Tour and Experience’
Includes a Museum Tour, scones from the wood range and tea served in bone china – min. 8 guests and bookings essential.
- ‘1900s School Experience’
An engaging and interactive school experience that is one of the most memorable trips children take part in through their school year. Bookings essential.
OPENING HOURS & ENTRY FEES
Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, ANZAC morning.
Adults: $5.00 (FREE for Western Bay of Plenty District Council ratepayers)
Gold cardholders: $4.00
Children (under 16): Free
Museum Experience fees vary, phone the museum for details.