World War I Military Training Camp
Featherston camp trained 60,000 NZ troops preparing for the Great War between 1916 and 1918. “An Awfully Big Adventure – Our Voices” audio-visual brings the camp and its history to life. Take the opportunity to visit the Dibble Sculpture that commemorates the camp across the road adjacent to Featherston Town Square,

World War II Prisoner of War Camp
During World War II about 800 Japanese POWs were imprisoned on part of the World War I Military Camp. The “incident” of 25 February 1943 where 48 POWs and one New Zealander died is explained. An opportunity to see unique and rare artworks and carvings made by the Japanese while at the camp.

Lake Wairarapa Moana
Visit our exhibition about the history of the lake and its surrounds. The attractive and informative large panel displays explain the ecology and history of the unique wetlands and the lake. They explain the relationship of Maori and the early settlers and how and why Wairarapa Moana and its surrounds needs urgent attention to restore their health.

Featherston's people and its history
Featherston's people and history are being recorded and updated in a database at the museum, to find out more email us at