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ABOUT US

Welcome to The Wool Shed, New Zealand's museum of sheep and shearing.

We’re a hands-on heritage museum run by a voluntary trust, in the rural town of Masterton. We’re a community venue as well as a museum. Several Masterton organisations meet here and we host the Wairarapa Spinners & Weavers Guild. We’re just one and a half hours from Wellington.

Drop in to see us and you'll enjoy:

  • Two authentic old wool sheds trucked in from local farms, plus a newly constructed gallery building – full of sheep farm gear, including shearing and wool handling equipment.

  • Displays describing the history of sheep farming and its importance to our nation. For many years New Zealand was said to “live off the sheep’s back.” The economy is broader now, but sheep are still important and their story is fascinating.

  • Samples and descriptions of wool types and wool end-products.

  • Spinning and weaving demonstrations on Wednesday mornings and by arrangement. See the history of spinning from ancient times and our collection of spinning wheels.

  • The story of shearing – its beginnings and how it developed to become highly efficient and an international sport.

  • Shearing demonstrations by arrangement – just give us a call.

  • Traction engine display including the Masterton District Council’s vintage steam roller, which is essentially the same as the vehicles that once were common in rural areas.

  • Six video displays and eleven buttons you can press to hear farm activities, traction engines and interviews with shearers and farm workers.

  • A shearers’ cookhouse from the 1930s.

  • Our shop with its wide range of wool garments, footwear, sheepskin rugs, lanolin cosmetics, gift items, kids’ stuff and souvenirs.

And much, much more, to stimulate your knowledge for history and actual activities on sheep farms. We are a visitor attraction of international quality and we welcome visitors from all over New Zealand as well as thousands of visitors from around the world. See what visitors say about us at TripAdvisor.