Aratoi is Wairarapa's Museum of Art and History. Open 7 days for exhibitions and displays, public programmes, events and education programmes.

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I could spend hours wandering around this museum, there are a number or art and history exhibits at the moment and it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon when it's raining outside! Entry is by gold coin donation so it's practically free!

I love visiting museums with my daughter, this one has a great collection. There are so many great pieces at this museum and I especially like how they include excibitions about the Wairarapa's history.

Are your kids artistic? Or do you want to stimulate their creativity? Get them to the Aratoi July School Holiday art programme running on the 8,9, and 10 July. In this 3 day programme kids will create their very own junk puppet which will star in a short film called ‘The Time Machine’. Each creator gets a copy of the finished film and can take their puppet home. It costs $90 for the three day workshop, from 10am to 2.30pm including materials. This is for kids aged 8-13 years.

Aratoi is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon, with constantly changing exhibits with local and international artists. The gallery shows local artists like Sandra Wong but also exhibits shows that have been around the world like the recent captivating Goethe Institut photography of cities around the world. They have regular artists talks too and if you are interested in local history, there is also a permanent exhibit exploring Wairarapa's history.