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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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Visual feasts

A well appointed art museum and worthwhile stopping. Diverse range of items on display from jewelry... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jill t
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Wairarapa community bursting with talent.

Aratoi has created an add-on; small workrooms where local artists do their creating WHILE YOU... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
susana d
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11 Bruce Street, Masterton 5810, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

A well appointed art museum and worthwhile stopping. Diverse range of items on display from jewelry and craft to local and nationally acclaimed artists. Go there!

Thank jill t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Aratoi has created an add-on; small workrooms where local artists do their creating WHILE YOU WATCH. That is until the whole place closes down at 4.30 pm. including the excellent cafe. Tourist attraction in the sense that the I SITE is next door to the...More

Thank susana d
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I popped into Aratoi for an art fix while in Masterton - was impressed with the service from staff on the front desk, and I enjoyed the vibrant range of art on display, including glass sculpture, paintings, and a wonderful bronze and other media sculpture...More

Thank nin132
Reviewed 24 August 2017

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.

2  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 10 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 9 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
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