Museums

This page gives information on three Museums in Porirua City.

Pataka logo.Pataka - Porirua Museum of Arts and Cultures

A leading gallery of contemporary Maori, Pacific and New Zealand art.

Corner of Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua City.
Phone (04) 237 1511
email pataka@pcc.govt.nz
website: http://www.pataka.org.nz
View Location on Google Maps.

Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4.30 pm.
Sunday and most Public Holidays 11 am - 4.30 pm.
Free Entry.

Attractions

  • Local history displays.
  • Visiting exhibitions of major artists.
  • Tours available on the hour every hour, or groups of up to 30 at other times by prior arrangement.
  • Cafe and Japanese Garden.

Logo of the New Zealand Police Museum.The New Zealand Police Museum

Located on the campus of the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua the museum is in perfect context.  Established in 1908 the collection was originally modelled on Scotland Yard’s Black Museum.  Today the museum houses and exhibits a large collection of New Zealand Police cultural property and criminal cases.  A modern facility, the New Zealand Police Museum provides education programmes to all ages, using examples of policing excellence and telling the stories of some of the countries more infamous crimes.

Location and Contact

The Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai Road, Papakowhai, Porirua City.
For Bookings, phone: (04) 238 3141, Enquiries: (04) 237 0139
Email inquiry: museum@police.govt.nz
Website: http://www.police.govt.nz/museum

Admission:
General admission is free. There is a charge for museum tours and education programmes.

Operating Hours:
Open 7 days, 10am to 5pm.
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Disabled Access:
Parking, automatic entry/exit doors, ramps, accessible toilet.

Groups and Tours

Groups are welcome with prior booking. Let our staff help you plan your tour to make the most of other educational and recreational activities in the area.

The Junior Detective Activity Program provides school groups and other children’s groups with the opportunity to dress up in uniforms and test their skills on a changing program of mysteries and activities that include forensic investigation techniques. 

Museum Shop

Collectable memorabilia, novelty gifts, cards and toys are available at our gift shop along with the widest range of police history books in New Zealand.

Directions

Use the Waitangirua/Papakowhai motorway exit on State Highway 1, just north of Porirua. The New Zealand Police Museum is located at the Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai Road, Papakowhai, Porirua.  View Location on Google Maps.

Porirua Hospital Museum logo. Porirua Hospital Museum

Founded in 1987 to celebrate the centenary of the hospital, the Porirua Hospital Museum is now a category 1 historic place (Historic Places Act 1993). The Museum is operated by the Friends of Porirua Hospital Museum.

Location and contact

Situated in F Block, Upper Main Drive, Porirua Hospital Grounds, Kenepuru Drive, Porirua.

TELEPHONE:

Museum - (04) 237 4589 Ext 7541
Friends of Porirua Hospital Museum Secretary - (04) 239 9499

Open to the public on Tuesday afternoons 1 pm - 4 pm or Sundays by arrangement.
Group tours at other times by prior arrangement.
Free admission. Gold coin donation welcome.

Wheelchair access.

Website: http://www.poriruahospitalmuseum.org.nz/
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Attractions

This museum is unique in the world as it shows changes in mental health treatment since Victorian times. It also has exhibits of interest to dentistry. The Museum is located in the oldest surviving building of Porirua Lunatic Asylum now recognised as a heritage building of national significance.

Displays trace the history of the hospital's development from replacement accommodation for Wellington's lunatics, through being a large mental hospital with more than 2000 patients in the 60's, to today's much smaller specialised facility.

One of the original rooms used to keep very disturbed people secluded from other hospital patients has been preserved as it was in the 1930's.