McCahon House Museum Today

Cottage and Interpretation Center

Photo credit Emily Andrews


The House today operates as a vibrant interpretation center and is a window into the past. 

In 1998 the McCahon House Trust began working towards the purchase and preservation of the house, with the support of what was then the Waitakere City Council to honour Colin McCahon’s achievements as an artist and teacher during the years that he lived in French Bay,Titirangi, and secondly to preserve a highly characteristic example of the kind of dwelling—the weekend  bach. 

These bachs were very common half a century ago in places like Titirangi but they seldom survive in original condition today and this represents a unique piece of cultural and social history. The house at 67 Otitori Bay Road has been restorated to preserve the appearance and character it had at the end of the 1950s when the McCahon family left.


The full Conservation Plan is available here  »