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The Dowse Art Museum

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Address: 45 Laings Rd | Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040, New Zealand
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+64 4-570 6500
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The Dowse is a nationally significant contemporary art museum as well as...

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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 November 2016
Sarah R
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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 shell etc

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 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.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We booked a room at the Dowse for a family function. It was perfect, we ended up having 60 people turn up & the venue is fantastic. We were able to bring our own Beer, Wine & Soft drinks. The Dowse Cafe catered for the food but they also let you do your own catering. A fantastic function room all... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

What more could you ask for on a girls BF catch up. Venison pie, juniper sauce, kumara mash with coffee was fabulous. Friends GF buckwheat pancakes declared delicious. Three main exhibitions today delightful especially the upstairs. Then present shopping in the gift shop 😀.

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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Great art displays, recommend visiting every two or three months as exhibits change. We have always been impressed by the variety and quality of the exhibits. Head up stairs and see the collection of film archives on the PC by the window.

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Thank RTL-Kiwi
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Just popped in to go to the loo but had to wander around. This place is amazing. Every time I go there I feel a sense of Nz pride! Have also booked in school visits before and always a please. Coffee shop down the bottom Is yummy too!

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Had a coffee first before heading into the museum.I have been a couple of times with different exhibitions and they are always amazing.This was no different.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Coming to Lower Hutt? Stop in and see what's on exhibition at the Dowse and then have a cuppa and some extra yummy food at the adjoining cafe afterwards.

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