Western Bay Museum


Nau mai, haere mai ki te whare tongarewa o Nga Kuri-a-Wharei ki Otamarakau ki te Uru.

Western Bay Museum is a boutique sized museum situated in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Our district is comprised of beautiful beaches, fertile agricultural land and lush native bush. The communities which make up our population are diverse, dynamic and richly multicultural.

We take immense pride in the historical, cultural and artistic stories of our area and strive to present these narratives in fresh and interesting ways, utilising our permanent collection of objects and artefacts. Temporary, thematic exhibitions are developed and displayed every three months.


Western Bay Museum offers a hands-on, experience centred education programme tailored to meet teacher needs and class learning objectives. Programmes offer a wide range of practical yet fun-filled learning activities lead by experienced museum educators.

The main programme theme is School and Life in the early 1900s, however, with each change of featured museum exhibition [three or four per year] the educational emphasis will change accordingly. The opening exhibition is entitled Fun and Games.

During the session our experienced educators will work initially with the whole class which will then break into smaller groups for the hands-on activities.

The Western Museum prefers to offer one session per day.

Due to limited space, class group size is limited to 34 Children and two adults.

Total programme time is 2.5 hrs this includes a 1\2 hr break.

Programmes costs are $10 per student.

Western Bay Museum encourages teachers to discuss special requirements or concerns with museum staff prior to their visit.

Booking is essential for all groups and confirmation will be emailed out to schools along with applicable charges.

In a media saturated age where so much experience is second hand we offer students a real life, fun-filled, interactive experience of early New Zealand history

For more information or to book a class please contact us on:

Phone: 07 5490651

Email: info@westernbaymuseum.nz

Western Bay Museum
The Old Fire Station Building
Main Road
Bay of Plenty
New Zealand
Orders and enquiries: 07 549 0651