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.
MORE THAN A MUSEUM
COMMUNITY ART GALLERY
Our upstairs gallery often hosts temporary exhibits by local artists, whose works can be bought to benefit the museum.
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.
We offer affordable studio space as needed to artists in the community - currently, we host a sculptor.
GUIDED HISTORY WALKS
Local lesbian history, venues, and stories.
We work with universities to offer course credit to students for museum work.