Taonga Maori
The Samuel Middlebrook Collection

In his long association with Katikati, Samuel Middlebrook acquired a fine collection of Taonga Māori, mostly as payment for translating documents in cases before the Māori Land Court. Samuel was raised in the North where he became fluent in Te Reo Māori. He was appointed G.V. Stewart’s surveyor and then remained in Katikati thereafter. The collection contains items such as: stone toki, kete and poi, moa bone, and patu.


Taylor Brothers Transport Ltd Exhibition Gallery

Summer Harvest
Sponsored by BeeNZ

Come and learn about harvesting practices of years gone by.

Spices of India
Our first cultural encounter


Permanent Exhibition

The Seeka Interactive Exhibition Space

A purpose built interactive area which provides hands on access to history. The space includes an operating telephone exchange with booths, the dairy for churning butter and a replica 1910 coalrange kitchen. It also includes an operating Model 3 Treadle print press circa 1860’s, one of only two which are operating in the world (the other being held at the London Museum).




Unexpected Heroes Exhibition

11 March - 30 April 2017,  10am - 2pm daily.
Unit 1, The Point, Omokoroa (next door to the FreshChoice supermarket)

Unexpected Heroes was first presented by the Western Bay Council as a Centennial commemoration of World War One. It features the real-life war experiences of five Western Bay of Plenty individuals – a nurse, three soldiers and a child. It is aimed at a family audience and is fully immersive, utilising cutting edge hologram illusions.