The main part of the museum is set up as a period house with items you may recognise from your grandparents or great grandparents homes. There are lots of now- obsolete kitchen gadgets, brands and knickknacks to make you feel nostalgic.
The technology area has equipment from yesteryear; valve radios, mangles, office equipment, tools and some currently unidentified pieces of machinery. You are free to fiddle with many of these or show your children how they worked.
The separate exhibition area contains the more valuable items in the collection. There local photographs and other memorabilia along with Maori toanga, an exhibition of moa bones, World War I memorabilia, and jewellery. There is a regular programme of exhibitions held in this area.
In the reading room we have a small library of publications about the history of the area. If you are looking for family connections, there are some useful indexes. We also have books published in the colonial area which are fun to browse.
To make the museum fun for the young ones we have a treasure map available. You can pick this up when you arrive. It will give a child the chance to find interesting things on display.
There are lots of interactive activities too.
Typewriter, stamping, etc.
Writing on a slate.
Write a postcard to the past etc.