Be involved

The Russell Museum Te Whare Taonga o Kororāreka is community owned and operated
Volunteers at work in the Museum

Friends of Russell Museum

Russell Museum is a wholly self funded organisation established in 1956 under the governance of the Russell Centennial Trust Board. Its income is derived from admissions, shop sales, & public donations. Your membership supports the museums operations.

We gratefully appreciate your support.


Membership benefits

  • Preserving your nationally significant history
  • Free entry to the museum as a Friend
  • Membership allows multiple visits for free
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Invitation to events
  • 10% Discount on selected shop items
  • Waived research library fees
  • Access to a Family History membership of Find My Past & My Heritage a combined value of $649 for an additional $15 per person.

Simply fill in the form and we will send you an invoice for payment.

Sign up for Friends of the Museum

Contact us to volunteer

There are also many volunteer opportunities at the Museum in retail, collection management, website updates & social media, education programs, fundraising, events management, writing, tour guiding, gardening, and maintenance. Pop in and have a chat to see how you can help out.

Museum Practice
NZ Certificate Level 4

If you are seeking a career in a Museum or Art Gallery the Russell Museum can help you along your way. The Manager is certified with ServiceIQ as a Trainer & Assessor for Museum Practice L4, which in cooperation with the Russell Museum,Te Papa and ServiceIQ is free to enroll.

Please email the Museum if you are interested in either of these opportunities.


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