The Dowse Art Museum

A contemporary art museum that presents a vibrant changing exhibition programme of local, national and international artists and designers. A relaxed, friendly gallery experience for all ages, located just 15 minutes drive from downtown Wellington.

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Well established as one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary galleries, each exhibition season is complemented by dynamic public programmes; curators' and artists' talks, school holiday programmes and workshops.

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The Dowse holds a valuable and varied collection of New Zealand works and has a reputation for celebrating craft including jewellery, ceramics, glass and textiles. Collection shows are presented alongside expertly curated exhibitions of works on loan from artists and other galleries elsewhere in New Zealand and beyond.

Live performances include a monthly Late Lounge sessions that showcases New Zealand music in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Cafe and Shop onsite. Open: Mon-Fri 10am–4.30pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm


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Physical address

The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington, 5010, New Zealand.

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Business hours:
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
30 -40minute drive from Wellington airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
5min walk from bus stop outside Westfield shopping mall.
Proximity to town:
15min drive from central Wellington, state highway2 to Lower Hutt. Catch the #83 or 91 buses from Wellington CBD

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