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 we will have a collection of small revolving displays put up in our new Research Room, as our main collections will be mostly temporarily unavailable, due to having important conservation work being undertaken on them.

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. Our Wednesday Volunteer Workdays will also remain open as far as possible. If the sign is out, please call in for a visit, or to see if you can help out. We will continuing to have our Archivist/Researcher service available First Sunday of the month and most Wednesdays, during 2020, plus openings by special request. To arrange a visit at any time, please just phone first, 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. Current Doll Display (closing 1 March 2020) is Gold Coin Entry. All donations always gratefully accepted. For group bookings, Please contact Display/Collections Manager on 027-211-4675 or email: collections.otautaumuseum@gmail.com


Wheelchair access

Reference library


Membership club


Other Facilities

Cafe and shops within walking distance.
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