Our Museum:

*is housed in the restored 1918 BNZ building on Main Street

*researches the history of Otaki and the surrounding district

*collects objects, stories, and images of interest

* has an extensive photographic collection and many early copies of the town's newspaper, the Otaki Mail

* holds archival material relating to the town, including records from Otaki School and the Otaki Borough Council

* records and collects oral history interviews

* tells Otaki's stories through a changing exhibition programme

* is digitising its collections.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Stepping Out: Social Dances in Otaki

Swing band at the Railway Theatre, c.1939
‘Stepping Out’ is the new exhibition at the Otaki Museum which celebrates the history of dance and socialising. This light-hearted exhibition recalls country halls, fabulous frocks, debutantes, American marines and romances formed on the dance floor.

If you remember local dances you are invited to bring in your dresses, shoes, diamantes or photos and add your presence to the exhibition.
You might want to look through some of our photos and help identify some of the name-less faces.
You might just want to remember the halcyon days of socialising and dancing.
Whatever your reason - ‘step out’, come in and enjoy the old-time tunes and
festive atmosphere!

On until mid-June 2012.