Dowse Art Museum

45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt.
Lower Hutt, Wellington
Lower Hutt City's Art Museum was revamped in 2006 by Athfield Architects with new display spaces. The original building was designed by Ronald Muston of Structon Group Architects.

"TheNewDowse seeks to showcase the work of creative people across a range of disciplines".

The Gallery has a "DIY" centre in the foyer for younger children as well as creative, hands-on school programmes.

A nationally significant Pataka (Maori store house) Nuku Tewhatewha is on permanent display. The form of raised rectangular Pataka structures with carved barge boards is believed to be the inspiration for the well-known Maori meeting houses (whare whakairo) which were built from the time of European settlement.

A number of art works now grace the area outside the building.

Its Cafe Reka is very popular for weekend brunch.

Bus routes 81 and 83 travel through Lower Hutt on the way to Eastbourne.

Route 91, The Airport Flyer, stops at Westfield Queensgate - a short walk from the Dowse.
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  • The Gallery Front
    The Gallery Front
  • A popular café
    A popular café
  • Outside the gallery café
    Outside the gallery café
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