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Lake District Museum, Arrowtown Overview

The Lake District Museum dates its establishment in 1948 to mark a century of the Otago project. The museum showcases an authentic impression of early Maori life, the European settlements and the gold mining era. in the region. Spread across three buildings, the museum has an art gallery for display, historical archives, a bookshop, a research facility, and an education program.

The art gallery has on display a wide variety of art and an array of exhibitions showcasing numerous historical events of the region. The bookshop cum information centre has books on social history, local history, fiction, photography, etc. One can also find gift cards, postcards, calendars and souvenirs to purchase. Assistance with planning cycle rides, walks, and booking accommodation in the town is also provided by the museum staff. The computerised research facility provides archives of newspapers dating back to 1885, major directories, registers, cemetery records, rare photographs and records of over 400 Wakatipu families. But one would need a prior appointment for access to the research centre.

Must Know Before You Visit Lake District Museum

Weather : -2 Degree C to 5 Degree C in Winters and 3 Degree C to 16 Degree C in summers

Timings : 9am – 5pm

Closed : Christmas Day

Entry Fee : Adults S10; Seniors 65+ $8; Children (still at school $3); Children under 5 are free; Families (two adults; two children) S20

Time Required : 2-3 hours

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