THE WILLIAMS MUSEUM
Welcome to the Henry and William Williams Museum website, which showcases ‘The Retreat’, an historic house at Pakaraka in Northland, New Zealand, built for Henry and Marianne Williams in 1853.
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2023 Annual Open Day .
We customarily hold an Open Day at the Retreat each spring for people to enjoy the garden and view the exterior of this important heritage house.
2023 is the year of the Williams Family's bicentennial reunion in Paihia, so instead of an Open Day the Retreat will be a major feature of reunion activities for four days in April, but will not be opening to the wider public during this period.
Notice of any additional Open Day to be held later in the year for the public to visit will be posted here when a date is confirmed.
Meanwhile, if you are in Waitangi/Paihia before May, we highly recommend visiting the temporary exhibition at Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The trustees of the Retreat played a major part in funding, curating and mounting this exhibition, and many of our collection items are on display there - many for the first time - alongside other family treasures loaned from public and private collections around the country. https://www.waitangi.org.nz/whats-on/temporary-exhibition