Brain Watkins House Museum

Heritage / historic site


Brain Watkins House Museum

  • Cultural centre
  • Heritage / historic site
  • Museum

“High cultural significance”, “unique”, and “intact” are some of the words used by conservation architects to describe the Brain Watkins House (no, not Brian!). This Victorian square villa was built in 1881. It is one of six surviving single-family homes in New Zealand with predominantly intact original contents that function as a house museum.

The house and contents were gifted to the Tauranga Historical Society (est. 1952) by Elva Brain-Watkins in 1979. Today the Society is responsible for the management, preservation and display of the Brain Watkins House Museum.

Volunteers maintain the house as a museum and open it to the public for guided tours each Sunday from 2-4 pm. Admission $5 (children free). Private group tours are available on request.

To hire the hall behind Brain Watkins:

233 Cameron Road Tauranga, New Zealand 3110

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