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 Collections Manager/Archivist on: 0272114675 or email: collections.otautaumuseum@gmail.com

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. During 2020 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

027-211-4675 or 03-225-8991



We're all volunteers and we welcome new volunteers. To contact Trust Board, please email the current Chairperson on: otautau.museum@gmail.com


Visitor Information

146 Main Street Otautau 9610 Southland, New Zealand

Usually Open Sundays, 2pm-4pm & closed for winter July through September. NOTE: for 2020, we close after 1 March 2020 for some time, re-opening to be advised. Now that the Covid crisis is largely over in NZ, our Wednesday Volunteer Workdays will also continue as far as possible, if you would like to help, please contact the Collections Manager about this. We will continue to have our Archivist/Researcher and Family History Service available online, during 2020. Please send us a letter via our Secretary, or contact the Collections Manager/Archivist on 0272114675 or Email: collections.otautaumuseum@xtra.co.nz

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


Wheelchair access

Reference library


Membership club


Other Facilities

Cafe and shops within walking distance.
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