About us

Our mission

To protect, preserve and share the dual heritage taonga and stories relating to Russell Kororāreka and the wider takiwā of Te Rūnanga o Taumarere ki Rakaumangamanga, to inform our shared future.

Ngā taonga tuku iho nō ngā tūpuna ki a tātou tamariki.

To collect and preserve, exhibit and interpret, and to undertake research into people and events in Russell’s history. To publicly store our collective memories and allow for the broadening of our collective experience through exhibitions, publications, research, loans and other public programmes.


Our purpose

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 Kororāreka | 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 Kororāreka – lay at the threshold of the earliest connection between the two worlds of Māori and Pākehā. The collection dates from before then and it is always being added to.


2 York Street,
Russell Kororāreka
Bay of Islands
Aotearoa New Zealand

Call Us

(+64) 9 403 7701

Opening hours

10.00 - 4.00 daily
Last visitors admitted at 3.45 pm