The Lakes District Museum and Gallery

At the heart of Arrowtown is the Lakes District Museum. This award winning museum is appropriately set in the former gold mining town of Arrowtown.

The surprisingly extensive museum complex is set around 3 historical buildings including the town’s original bank. The exhibits present an authentic picture of early Maori, the harsh pioneering days of the European settlers, and the exciting gold rush era of the mid to late 1800’s. Explore the recreated grog shanty, Victorian Schoolhouse and blacksmith's workshop. The displays are very hands on and appeal to all age groups. The museum also has a very comprehensive book and souvenir shop and an attached special exhibitions gallery showing a changing display of art and history related exhibitions. The museum is also Arrowtown’s Information and Booking Centre. The Information Desk can help you with advice and maps of the extensive walking and cycling tracks in the area. Hire a gold pan and seek your fortune at the Arrow River!

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In addition to the objects on display the museum also has a significant archive and photograph collection and a dedicated research room. Access to the archives room is by appointment. All sorts of options are available for conference, incentive and tour groups. We have a full time education officer and school groups are welcomed. Please enquire. Travel to Arrowtown via your own vehicle or use Connectabus which runs a scheduled service from Queenstown.

The museum is open daily from 8.30-5.00pm.

Phone (03) 442 1824 or e mail at

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