50th Anniversary


Join us for special events throughout the year celebrating 50 years of uplifting ideas at The Dowse.

The Most Dedicated - Street Art Festival 

Sat 27 March - Tues 30 March | Free

Celebrating urban art culture and coinciding with the exhibition The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story, we bring you The Most Dedicated: Street Art Festival – a selection of new murals painted throughout the Lower Hutt CBD by internationally acclaimed street art collective, TMD Crew. Between 27 and 30 March, see how 13 of the TMD Crew members, paint the murals live and turn the city into an outdoor art gallery and add to Lower Hutt’s existing display of street art. Also included as part of the festival are workshops (ABC’S of Graffiti Workshop, Graffiti 101 with Paint Markers & Glitch in the Street), a guided Mural Walking Tour and an Artist Talk.

13 TMD artists involved with the festival are ADICT, ASKEW ONE (Elliot O’Donnell), BERST (Dr. Bobby Hung), DEUS (Elliot Francis Stewart), EXIST, FLURO (Holly Ross), HASER (Kairau Bradley), Mark Henare, MISERY (Tanja Jade), PEST5 (Jonny 4Higher), PHAT ONE (Charles Williams) and RAMS. 

Dowse Birthday Bash -
a day of creativity, music and play!

Sat 13 February, 12– 4pm | Free

Cheers to 50 years! Join us this summer for a day of celebration for the whole whānau.

Whether you’re keen to try your hand at something totally new, create a masterpiece of your very own or take a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the secrets in the museum, Dowse Birthday Bash will be bursting at the seams with fun!

Mark the date in your calendar and keep an eye out on our website or social media channels for more info.