GETTING TO KNOW US

Our name developed from the idea of celebrating ordinary lesbians.


Charlotte Prime (Ngāpuhi) was a regular member in the 1970’s of the KG Club and had recently died of a heart attack. She was an ordinary lesbian, quiet and unassuming, who lived out her identity in difficult times. Another lesbian member of the KG Club was Charlotte Smith (Ngāpuhi) who had also just passed, of cancer. Hence the name Charlotte was chosen.

The Charlotte Museum Trust was registered as a trust on the 7th of May 2007, and in March 2011 the Trust achieved the National Museum Standards with an outstanding peer comment for our customer service.

Kissing Punk Lesbians Statue
 

MORE THAN A MUSEUM

RESEARCH LIBRARY

We have a large library packed with books perfect for students and scholars. Get in touch to see our catalogue and use our collection.

A display of lesbian books.

COMMUNITY ART GALLERY

Our upstairs gallery often hosts temporary exhibits by local artists, whose works can be bought to benefit the museum.

Art from Lesbian Bubbles exhibition

COMMUNITY SPACE & READING ROOM

We have stacks of lesbian books and periodicals available to the general public. They can be read in our reading room, full of soft bean bags and chairs, or be taken home free of charge.

A scattered collection of lesbian zines

ART STUDIO

We offer affordable studio space as needed to artists in the community - currently, we host a sculptor.

Lesbian pride flag

GUIDED HISTORY WALKS

Local lesbian history, venues, and stories.

K Road lit up at night

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

We work with universities to offer course credit to students for museum work.

A small selection of orange and pink lesbian badges
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