At the heart of the former goldmining town of Arrowtown is the award-winning Lakes District Museum. The surprisingly extensive complex occupies three historical buildings, including the town’s original bank.
The exhibits present an authentic picture of early Māori life, the harsh pioneering days of the European settlers and the exciting gold rush era of the mid to late 1800s. 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 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, and the staff 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!
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. There is a full-time education officer and school groups are welcomed.
The museum is open daily 10am–4pm.
For further information visit the museum website.
Phone (03) 442 1824 or e mail at email@example.com
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