The Karamea Centennial Museum was opened in 1974 in time for the celebration of Karamea’s settlement 100 years earlier, in 1874.

This rural museum holds an absorbing collection of photographs and exhibits on sawmilling, dairying, gold mining, flax milling and shipping.  We have easily accessible district and school archival material and family histories. There’s an intriguing array of local memorabilia and artefacts which represent the decades over these last 140 years since the early settlers from Britain arrived here in Karamea on 26 November 1874. The museum is administered by the Karamea Historical Society Incorporated and staffed by local volunteers.

We endeavour to open on demand. Contact can be made through the Karamea Information Centre 782-6652. We’ll be opening for the Summer, starting around Christmas. Located on Waverley St. near the school (see map in the Karamea Directory.)

Museum is opening a little earlier this season. We are opening next week on Wednesday 12th. The usual hours apply 1-4pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We are still on call Monday through to Saturday by ringing the Information Centre ph 7826 652. Books on History, 1929 Earthquake memoirs, photos, and genealogical information.

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