McCahon House is a small museum with big stories to tell

Inside the walls of this small house, surrounded by towering kauri and native bush, artist Colin McCahon painted some of his best-known works. Now you can step inside this slice of McCahon’s life, see the Titirangi landscape that inspired him and hear first-hand stories of the artist and his life in 1950s Auckland.

Opening Hours and Charges

The Museum House is open to the public
Wednesday to Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Closed public holidays unless advertised otherwise
Suggested donation/koha $5 per adult


Due to the steep terrain and multiple steps, the McCahon House visit is not recommended for people with restricted mobility and does not have wheelchair access. We recommend clothing suitable for the outdoors and flat footwear.


Photo credit: Alice Ng

School Visits

Visits by teachers and students to the McCahon House are welcomed.

Years 1 to 10: Enjoy a guided tour  in the award winning interpretation centre amidst the bush and birds in Titirangi, Auckland and experience how our greatest painter Colin McCahon and his family lived during the 1950s. Representations of original works that McCahon created in the house can be seen in the very environment that inspired them.  


Senior and Tertiary:   Tutored visits to the House can be 45 minutes long or longer if incorporating a drawing session or visit to French Bay.  We have additional curriculum related resources available. 

Please email us if you wish to book a school visit. 

Please state the name of the school, number of students visiting, preferred date/time and name/number of a contact person. 

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Talks and Tours

We offer guided tours of  the McCahon House for groups by appointment.   Artist talks can also be arranged depending on availability of the resident artist. 

If you would like to register your group for a tour please call our office on 09-8176148 or email

Find out more about talks and tours


'On seeking to draw my students into engagement with New Zealand art -both in its present and historical manifestations, I have taken them to visit the Colin McCahon House. 

Discussing the life and work of McCahon, while exploring the now interactive media filled nooks-and-crannies of his home in Titirangi, has been an invaluable resource'
Kareen H, CLS

It was such a special visit today- a very special place and with great input from yourself. The boys ( and we teachers) loved it.
Your time and care were much appreciated.

Sarah D, Akl Grammar

Getting Here

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67 Otitori Bay Road

French Bay

Titirangi is a village nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Waitakere Ranges just thirty minutes drive to the west of the Auckland CBD. The McCahon House is just 5 minutes drive from the village.


Drive to French Bay to turn around and then parking is on the road verge in front of McCahon House.   Please park with consideration for the neighbours. There is parking at French Bay and a very short walk up to number 67.

By Bus:

Buses run to the Titirangi village and part way down Otitori Bay Road. Check with  Auckland Transport for timetables.

Daily :
Bus 170 departs New Lynn Transport Centre every hour (12.58 pm, 1.58pm etc) via Titirangi Village to Opou Rd, part way down Otitori Bay Rd (approx 20 mins)

Bus 170 departs Opou Rd every hour (3.12pm, 4.12pm etc ) to New Lynn Transport Centre via Titirangi Village.