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Great space with fun art

This venue sports some very fantastic art and the building alone is a lovely thing to look at. The... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
Rose L
Wellington, New Zealand
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nice little museum - NOT in Wellington

The Dowse is a local (modern) art museum that is situated in Lower Hutt, NOT in Wellington. We saw... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Hamburg, Germany
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Feb 10, 2018
“Great space with fun art”
Dec 3, 2017
“nice little museum - NOT in Wellington”
The Dowse is a nationally significant contemporary art museum as well as the public art gallery for Lower Hutt city. Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Wellington, The Dowse's programming is diverse and exciting, presenting works by local and...more
45 Laings Rd | Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040, New Zealand
+64 4-570 6500
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

This venue sports some very fantastic art and the building alone is a lovely thing to look at. The pieces on display are always well thought out and the display always show cases the pieces. Cafe that is attached does killer hot chocolates.

Thank Rose L
Reviewed 4 December 2017

The Dowse is a local (modern) art museum that is situated in Lower Hutt, NOT in Wellington. We saw an interesting exhibition on NZ bathing costumes of the past. Really excellent museum cafe that was to close down - maybe it's not?!

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Some interesting exhibits. Enjoyed it since it was free and we were already in Lower Hutt. Wouldn't go out of my way to visit unless there is an installation that catches your attention. Right on the bus line so it's easy to access.

Thank drjandthemissus
Reviewed 25 March 2017

As a visitor to New Zealand I try to be polite and grateful when being admitted to free admissions for which people in New Zealand are paying. But.... This is a lovely building. It is very spacious and there are a number of rooms given...More

Thank Graham K
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The Dowse Art Museum is a small art gallery.It has a great kids area for children to be creative.The entry is free and the exhibits are good.It also has a café to relax and eat and drink tea or coffee.

Thank LachmiPunjabi
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I think the Dowse precinct is probably the best attraction in the Hutt valley. There's always some new exhibit to see and a great room for kids to get creative in. The cafe was closed last time I was there but is usually very busy....More

Thank richardparry
Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is quite a small gallery however there is always something new to see and it's a great location for a cultural pop in! I really like their themed exhibits upstairs and the kids area is great.

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Good layout, easy parking, great cafe, lovely children's area, nice surrounding. As for the exhibitions, it's personal - for me the exhibition was interesting but not mind-blowing. Headsets and audio guides available at reception free of charge.

Thank KarolaRS
Reviewed 2 October 2016

If you have never seen a korowhai ( feather cloak) then you can't imagine how amazing a kiwi feather cloack can look. Multiply by a dozen and you have a beautiful collection. In addition there are really avante garde "cloaks" made of steel, gauze, paua...More

Thank zhuhai2007
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We have been meaning to visit this Gallery for quite a while and finally made the visit. We enjoyed the display of Maori carving that mixed traditional with contemporary features. Lots of interesting displays on offer and free.

Thank whowesit
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