Waihi Arts Centre & Museum

Our Museum operates as a place for the collection, display and preservation of items of historical interest to the Waihi District, particularly items relating to the underground mining history of the area.

Gold was first discovered in Waihi in 1878 and by 1905 Waihi not only possessed the most productive gold mine in New Zealand, but was the largest gold mining town in the country and the third largest inland town in New Zealand. We have several rooms devoted to underground mining history, and displays relating to the social history of the town.

Our Art Gallery room has a dual role as a gallery and a theatre.

As a gallery it hosts regular exhibitions of local and visiting arts and craft. As a theatre that seats 60, it becomes the setting for school groups to be shown a curriculum based Powerpoint presentation.

 


Summer Hours - October 1st to May 31st

Thursday and Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12pm - 3pm
(Extended hours during January)

Winter Hours - June 1st to  September 30th

Thursday to Monday 12pm - 3 pm.

The Gallery and Museum will both be open during these hours.  Free entry to the gallery, gold coin appreciated, and usual admission to the Museum applies.

Admission

Adults: $5.00
Children 5 - 15 years: $3.00
Under 5 years: Free
Family group (2 adults & 3 or more children):$15

Discounts available for groups of 15 or more people, pre-booked coach groups, and schools.

History

History

Our Museum and Art Gallery was originally built as a Technical School where girls learned cooking and boys learned wood and metalwork.

The building which is owned by the Hauraki District Council, is now over 100 years old and has a Category 2 listing with the Historic Places Trust.

How it all began »

Art Gallery & Museum

Art Gallery & Museum

We welcome your group visit on any day.
(please pre-book)

Join a guided tour, and see the unique black and white DVD of underground mining taken in the Martha Mine before it closed in 1952 (a real gem!).

Our Museum »

Education

Education

Learn about Historic Goldmining.

Education is one of the main activities of our Museum. Bring your students along to our curriculum based Powerpoint presentation and more...

Our Education Programme »

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