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“Well worth a visit”

The Dowse Art Museum
Ranked #62 of 237 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We had a car so drove to here, building itself and it's surroundings was great. We enjoyed the various exhibits of art on display there was a good selection.
The place was spotless and even had a v lovely smell!
Shop was good too, I found some great pencils.

Thank norirelib
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We went for the Children's Exhibition and the kids were underwhelmed to say the least. We've enjoyed the exhibitions at Pataka Art+Museum in Porirua for several years and will continue to go there - the Dowse just didn't hit the mark. We felt Pataka was far more interesting for younger kids (under 10's) and it was well placed with the library & café across the hall and the pool complex right outside. The café at the Dowse was nice but busy.

Thank kapitibeach
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Granddaughter loved it and we had great fun with all the equipment. Exhibitions do vary and have not been for a while but this was excellent.

Thank Glynis W
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Dowse offers a range of exhibition spaces, a theatre, shop and cafe. Parking was plentiful on the street on a Saturday afternoon. The friendly receptionist told us a little about the current exhibitions and where to find them. The three exhibitions showing at the time were all quite different - jewellery, myths and legends, and digital objects - so plenty to think about. Children are encouraged and catered for with different exhibitions, as well as a lounge featuring reading material and activities. And because it is free, it is even more family-friendly.

Thank Cadarnle
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The second Sunday of each month they have a lovely craft market, the cafe is very family friendly with great food/choice. The gallery is fantastic and a lovely space to visit.. and it's all FREE!!!!! Yey for The Dowse.

Thank thomasgates
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