Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Brain Watkins House

@Richard F. Ebert

Fascinating collection of domestic life memorabilia reaching back a 100 years. The unassuming house tells the story of all us.  Built in 1881 by Joseph Brain. Occupied by one family for nearly 100 years and filled with original contents, the house offers an insight into the life of a middle class European family of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has many stories to tell, from the horse given shelter in the hall during the Tarawera eruption to the young couple separated by the First World War reunited and married in their 70s.“High cultural significance”, “unique”, and “intact” are some of the words used by conservation architects to describe the Brain Watkins House. It is one of six surviving single-family homes in New Zealand with the original contents predominantly intact and functions as a house museum.

The house is open to the public for viewing.

Heritage buffs check the Bay of Plenty art, craft & culture road trip for ideas.

Return to Travel Guide

Our Partners

x

Enquire

If you have a query about content, travel deals or anything else, our team is happy to answer all your questions 🙂

    Your information is secure, no third party involved.
    100% Safe, secure, privacy guaranteed. Privacy Policy.

    Subscribe