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The Dowse Art Museum

45 Laings Rd | Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040, New Zealand
+64 4-570 6500
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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 February 11, 2018
Rose L
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Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
nice little museum - NOT in Wellington

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

Reviewed December 4, 2017
jobst56
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Hamburg, Germany
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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 international artists to a range of audiences. A busy events calendar complements each exhibition season with artists' talks, children's workshops and a monthly Late Lounge music session with bands and solo artists. Cafe and shop on site; free wi-fi.
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45 Laings Rd | Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 11, 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
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Reviewed December 4, 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?!

Thank jobst56
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Reviewed November 13, 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.

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Reviewed March 25, 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

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Reviewed March 19, 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.

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Reviewed March 17, 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
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Reviewed November 7, 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
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Reviewed October 22, 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
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Reviewed October 2, 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

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Reviewed October 1, 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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