Local museums matter

They keep the heart of a place alive.

Here are 8 special ways how:

Keeping History Alive

Local museums hold the story of a place. They keep old things safe so the past isn’t forgotten. From ancient artefacts to documents and photographs, they offer a tangible link to history, providing a sense of continuity and identity. Without our local Warkworth museum, many colourful histories would have been lost to time.

Creating Local Pride

Museums showcase local achievements and important events. The notable figures, significant milestones, everyday hardships and quirky local traditions of yesteryear reinforce a sense of belonging and pride among today’s residents.

Learning Made Real

Museums teach in a way books can’t. They show you real objects and tell you real stories. Exhibits cater to all ages, making education accessible and engaging for everyone in the community. Schools bring kids here to learn hands-on, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the people who came before.

Bringing People Together

Museums are gathering spots. We regularly host events and activities that bring the Warkworth and districts community together. Our exhibitions and local ‘tea and talk’ history days foster community spirit. People come to share, celebrate, and connect, which is exactly what a community should be all about.

looking-at-museum exhibition

Building Community Bonds

Museums promote understanding and inclusivity. Learning about different cultures and histories fosters empathy and social cohesion. By presenting diverse narratives, museums encourage dialogue which helps to bridge cultural divides.

Sparking Creativity

Art and exhibits inspire. They give local artists a place to show their work, fostering a local art scene. Visitors often leave with a sense of curiosity and creativity, inspired by what they have seen and learnt.

    Conserving and Researching

    Museums care for and study forgotten objects. Through meticulous conservation and ongoing research, they ensure that valuable artefacts and knowledge are preserved for future generations, contributing to a better understanding of our past by both academics and the public.

    Boosting the Economy

    Museums bring in visitors. These visitors spend money, helping local businesses and contributing to the local economy by supporting cafes, restaurants, and shops.

    Local museums are vital

    Museums help us understand and connect with our past. They protect history, educate and bring people together. They boost the economy and inspire creativity. Local, community-run museums are at the heart of vibrant, resilient communities right across Aotearoa New Zealand.

    So, support our local Warkworth and Districts Museum, and the hard-working volunteers who keep it alive and running, because it supports you. Give what you can and visit when you can. Walk through its doors and see the past preserved and touch the history that made your place what it is today.

    New Exhibitions



    The Wilson Cement Works Exhibition tells the tale of one of New Zealand's early entrepreneurs who played a pivotal role in the production of Portland Cement in Warkworth.



    As part of the Mahurangi Artist Studio Trail 2024, we showcase heritage quilts, crochet and embroidery, together with more modern creations made by our talented volunteers.  You will be mesmerized by the intricate details and artistry of the quilts, each telling a unique story. Our crochet and...



    Discover a journey through time with our captivating heritage telephone collection. Explore iconic telecommunication artifacts that narrate the evolution of communication, from vintage rotary dials to timeless classics. Ray Jensen's passion for telephones began in the early 1970s when he arrived...