Explore the Hutt Valley's galleries and museums

We're a creative bunch in the Hutt Valley, which is showcased in our many galleries and museums. So check out your local culture hub - The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt and Expressions Gallery, Upper Hutt, among others. You can travel back in time at the Petone Settlers Museum and the Wainuiomata Museum and enjoy some beautiful Maori treasures at Hetet Art Space in Waiwhetu.

Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt has fun interactive art work for the whole family to enjoy. All exhibits are free and the museum showcases wide-ranging, topical exhibits of a very high standard plus there's a fantastic collection of NZ art to draw on. Relax in the lounge area while your kids play and create things or enjoy a coffee and lunch at the Café Reka after visiting the exhibits. It's worth checking out events on at the Dowse Art Museum. 

Free entry. Open Sunday to Saturday, 10am-5.00pm plus the first Thursday of each month at 7.00pm for Late Lounge. The Dowse Art Musueum is at 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, phone 04 570 6500, or email enquiries@dowse.org.nz

Hetet Art Space, Waiwhetu

Hetet Art Space Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, has some very special Māori treasures, both traditional and modern, including weaving, carving and art. You'll be treated to some of the best weaving and art from internationally reknowned artist Veranoa Hetet.  

Hetet Art Space is open daily from 9.00am-4.00pm and is located at 58 Guthrie Street, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt. You can phone them on 04 970 7810, or email hetetgallery@gmail.com.

Petone Settlers Museum

Visit the Petone Settlers Museum to get a glimpse of what Petone looked like prior to and when the first European settlers arrived. The life-sized replica of the settlers ship cabin will give you some idea of how difficult the journey from England must have been for the settlers to Petone. You can research your ancestors on the Petone Settlers database too.

Looking for ideas for afters? Grab a latte from the coffee cart on Petone foreshore, stroll along the beach, or check out the wide selection of shops along Jackson Street.

Petone Settlers Museum is on the Petone Esplanade and is free entry. It's open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am–4pm. Phone them on 04 568 8373.

Odlin Gallery, Lower Hutt

Odlin Gallery at the Hutt Art Society in Lower Hutt has regular exhibitions of local art and sculptures. Contact them if you'd like to join an art class. Odin Gallery is located at 9-11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt.

Wainuiomata Museum

Head back in time at the Wainuiomata Museum to experience classrooms of old. Situated at Wainuiomata School, one room has been retained as a period classroom and the other holds historic articles on life in the Wainuiomata Valley. Entry by gold coin donation.

Expressions Gallery, Upper Hutt

Expressions Gallery is situated at 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, next to the Upper Hutt City Council. Expressions showcases a stunning array of artwork, some of which is available for purchase. There is a cafe there too and you can buy tickets for stage shows. Contact Expressions on 04 527 2168 or read more about Expressions.

Golders Cottage, Upper Hutt

For another slice of the past visit Golders Cottage for a window into life in the 1870-1940s. There's children’s toys, gardens, household furniture and workshop implements in a Victorian setting. Open Saturday from 1.30pm-4pm. Located at 707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Phone Golders Cottage on 04 528 9855.

Alfred Memelink Artspace

The Alfred Memelink Artspace is a purpose-built Artspace, located on the Eastern side of the Petone, at 223 The Esplanade. The gallery's regular exhibitions feature local artist's work. Open 10am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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