what's on

Permanent displays

We have many permanent exhibits to
see, these are just a few:

    • Maori settlement

    • private bath room from the bath house's heyday

    • Te Aroha's (surprising) sporting champs

    • farming and agriculture including the story of Gladys Reid, "The Zinc Lady"

    • geology and mining

    • medicine in Te Aroha

    • Communications room

    • history of Te Aroha and Lemon

We also have an impressive Mergenthaler Linotype 14 hot metal machine which has a very interesting international story.

The Museum has over 350 pieces of its souvenir china collection on display; its a fine collection and well worth seeing.

Changing displays

We refresh our displays on a regular basis creating centre-pieces about people, stories or artefacts:

  • Celebrating Te Aroha's rugby history

  • Calamity!

  • Bottles from the past

  • Pioneer days

  • The Home Guard

  • Domestic life

  • Theatres of Te Aroha

  • Te Aroha's railway history

  • Local bands of yesteryear

  • A place to stay

  • Honouring our People

  • The story of Te Aroha West village

Still to come this year:

- Governance
- Then and now



Come and find out about the EPS set-up by the government in 1935 to coordinate a response to a natural disaster - initiated after the earthquake in Napier.


Items familiar and items new (depending on your age). A fascinating glimpse into school days, before computers, around the early 1900's. There are some surprising artefacts.


An often unknown story about Te Aroha's Aero Club. Did you know that Jean Batten flew here in 1934? Read about famous long-distance aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith, and also pilot Clarence Waite.


Meticulously researched with information provided by relatives, learn about the fascinating story of early settler Wong Foo and his family who became well known in the area.

Our Museum hosts are local, very knowledgeable and can answer questions on our displays and general history. All our displays
are researched and created by our volunteers.

We stage special exhibitions and have both permanent and revolving displays, all of which are updated frequently so that the Museum continues to provide a relevant and informative place for interaction for regular and new visitors alike.