The Dowse Art Museum
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
This contemporary art institution focuses on collecting and exhibiting studio craft, including ceramics, textiles, weaving, photography, and graphics. The museum has carved out a niche in the applied arts world and now has one of the largest collections of its kind in New Zealand with more than 3,500 objects. It’s considered a pioneer in the presentation of art forms underrepresented and underappreciated in the mainstream art world.