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 focused. Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka | Russell Museum aims to reflect the history of the town and to support historic preservation. The museum’s collection is important in promoting New Zealand culture because Russell – then named Kororareka – lay at the threshold of the earliest connection between the two worlds of Maori and Pakeha. The collection dates from before then and is always being added to.

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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 unique unusual gifts.  Items include books, bone carvings, scrimshaw, greenstone (pounamu) and paua jewelry as well as cards and paintings.  It is a great place to get a gift, birthday presents or a souvenir of your visit to the Bay of Islands.

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

Recent Blog Posts

From our archives

Feb 18, 2019

Paradise Lost Draws Swedish Ambassador to Russell

Russell Museum, and one of its temporary exhibits in particular, were big hits with...

Jul 14, 2015

Bye-bye Big Tree

Big Tree – it’s an advertisement for benzine. You can only just make out the...

May 10, 2015

Someone to Buttonhole

Russell Town Council 1956-9 Original photo © Russell Museum This photo shows the members...


Recent Work

Exhibitions and Taonga

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