45 Laings Road
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
PO Box 30396, 5040
Open Daily 10am–5pm
Free Entry —
T 04 570 6500
"An interesting visit every single time and staff who go out of their way to be friendly and helpful."
We are open every day, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Depending on how busy the front of house team is, we are happy to guide you through the galleries, just come and ask. At busier times, and for group tours, please contact us to make a booking.
DOWSE 101 TOURS
Starting on 21 November you can have a 20 minute whirlwind tour of The Dowse every Saturday and Sun at 11am and 2pm. One of our hosts will give you a quick introduction of The Dowse's history, building, exhibitions and events. Young and old welcome.
A wheelchair is available from the front desk for use in the gallery and there is lift access. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Contact us if you have concerns with accessibility and we will do our best to help.
Children are always welcome at The Dowse. Toilets have baby changing facilities and breastfeeding is welcome. The upstairs lounge has hands-on activities for children and we run regular events for children.
We encourage you to take photos during your visit, but please don't use a flash or take photos of Nuku Tewhatewha or exhibitions which have a no photography sign.