The Waimarino museum is housed in the old Raetihi railway station. This building was decommissioned when the rail line to Raetihi was taken out of service in 1968. Other buildings on the grounds are the old jail cells and police stables. Although they are full of memorabilia from times long gone, each building still retains it's original flavour. The jail cells with their heavy doors, large bolts and prisoner-viewing windows are especially interesting to young children raised in more tolerant times!
The railway station building is the main area of display for photographs, news clippings, household and work items and many other treasures from the Ruapehu district's colourful past.