Much of the collection illustrates domestic, rural and town life in Raglan, mainly during the early twentieth century.
- Then – heritage photo collection
Explore the history of Raglan through 'Then', an extensive collection of historic photos from the museum’s archive and other sources. Then features pictures from the Gilmour brothers, whose photo postcards captured the early days of Raglan.
- James and Mary Wallis and Te Awa-i-taia
Missionaries James and Mary Wallis and Ngāti Maahanga chief Wiremu Neera Te Awa-i-taia can be considered the founders of the settlement of Raglan. The museum is proud to hold the taiaha of Te Awa-i-taia, Ngāti Maahanga chief and Treaty of Waitangi signatory.
- TB Hill apothecary collection
TB Hill operated a chemist shop in Cliff Street and for many years was chemist, doctor and dentist to the settlers of the district. His apothecary holds a collection of old medical and pharmacy items, one of the most complete apothecary collections of this type in New Zealand.
- Old technology
Modern communication technology came to Raglan in the early 20th century when the town received its first manual telephone exchange. Discover the old wooden telephone exchange switchboard that was used until the 1970s, and our collection of old telephones.
- Native birds
The Raglan Whaingaroa area is rich with native birdlife. Learn about the birds that inhabit our local environment.
Before electricity came to Raglan in the 1930s, locals used kerosene or ‘kero’ lamps as their main source of lighting. Our collection of vintage kerosene pumps and cans offers an illuminating glimpse into life before the light switch.
- Town and Around
Take a look back at everyday life in early Raglan. Town and Around focuses on the objects that made up domestic and commercial life in the early 20th century.
We commemorate the servicemen and -women of the Raglan district who served in the military and the contribution Raglan made, from the Boer War to the Second World War.
- Research and reading
Delve deeper into Raglan history with our research and reading area. Experience images, video clips and oral history recordings of Raglan. There’s also a complete database of the museum’s collection. It’s fully searchable, including photos of many objects.
The surfing exhibition is now open for preview. This permanent surfing exhibition features items from the Bob Comer Collection, and reflects the great importance that surfing has to Raglan, both culturally and economically. The exhibition has been made possible by a $20,000 donation from the Gallagher Group.
- Tangata Whenua
The museum is home to a collection of objects from Ngāti Maahanga, the tangata whenua of the museum’s site, including the taiaha of Te Awa-i-taia. In 2012 this was joined by the magnificent collection of Ngāti Taahinga artefacts. Ngāti Taahinga are from the northern side of Raglan harbour and the collection was gathered over years.