Otautau Museum

Our photographic collection documents the history of Otautau & Districts. Featured on eHive here, is a small selection of the items we have available at our Museum.

We also have a growing collection of family history resources and local area archives. For research inquiries or to view our collections, please contact otautau.museum@gmail.com or 03 225 8991

Our museum resides in Otautau's Old Courthouse, a historic building in Main Street and the hub of our community focused exhibitions, which change periodically. Our main collections will be mostly temporarily unavailable, due to having important conservation work being undertaken on them. We will advise further when this is completed. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Contact Details

C/- Secretary, 214 Main St, Otautau 9610



We're all volunteers and we welcome new volunteers. To volunteer for working on the collections, please make contact by email otautau.museum@gmail.com or 03 225 8991 To volunteer for the Governance Group/Trust Board, please email the current Chairperson on: otautau.museum@gmail.com or ph 03 225 8991

Visitor Information

146 Main Street Otautau 9610 Southland, New Zealand

Usually Open Sundays, 2pm-4pm & closed for winter July through September. NOTE: We are temporarily closed to effect a large collection conservation project, which includes repairs to our Pouhere Taonga Heritage Listed building. Re-opening date to be advised when known. Our Wednesday Volunteer Workdays will also continue as far as possible, if you would like to help, please email at otautau.museum@gmail.com or 03 225 8991 We will continue to have our Archivist/Researcher and Family History Service available, If you are unable to make contact by phone or email, please send us a letter via our Secretary.

Displays of our own collections FREE, but visiting and special Exhibitions may require a small fee. All donations always gratefully accepted.


Membership club


Reference library


Wheelchair access

Other Facilities

Cafe and shops within walking distance.
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