Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka

About us

The Russell Centennial Trust Board was established to mark the 1940 Centennial of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Trust raised funds and on donated land erected a building to house a public library, town board office, women’s rest room and Plunket room and later a Museum.

Today, reflecting different needs, the building houses the Russell Museum and a community library. The organisation is community focussed.

Heritage Photos

Russell Museum’s Photo Archives contain over two thousand photos. Most are owned by Russell Museum but others are copy prints from other institutions used for reference purposes only. The museum has a selection of these available for viewing on computer in the Marie King Gallery. They are a fascinating resource for visitors, for research and projects.


If you want the perfect complement to your study, look no further than Russell Museum. We have it all – a model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour, connections to whaling days, early settler life, and contemporary exhibitions. Come and see our historic video and hear “our stories”. We are a member of the Bay of Islands Field trip group and make history come alive!


The Museum shop features a wide range of unusual gifts. Items include bone carvings, scrimshaw, greenstone (pounamu) and paua jewellery as well as cards and paintings. It is a great place to get gifts, birthday presents or a souvenir of your visit to the Bay of Islands.

The Museum has a policy of reprinting historic books about our area.

"Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Taonga of Kororareka - Welcome to Russell Museum"

Recent Blog Posts

From our archives

Jan 27, 2015

A Welcoming Light

Russell Lights - Volume 10 - Issue 13 - June 2007 # 35 This photo of Cape Brett...

Jan 27, 2015

An inherited lot

Russell Lights - Vol 11 - Issue 24 On the edge of the Russell museum grounds, by the...


Recent Work

Exhibitions and Taonga

Jan 31, 2015

Jan 27, 2014

Jul 27, 2007

Jun 27, 2007

May 27, 2007

May 15, 2007

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