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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery

49 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 1824
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Historical Arrowtown Tour from Queenstown
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The Lakes District Museum is situated in the heart of picturesque Arrowtown. The museum houses a fantastic collection of artifacts and information about the history of this gorgeous district. Suitable for all ages, the museum is fun for all ages as we take a 'hands-on' approach to our displays. Take a wander around and don't forget to peek into all of the nooks and crannies so that you don't miss anything! The museum is also the Information Centre for Arrowtown and we can help you with any advice that you need about the best way to enjoy Arrowtown and its surrounds.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“great displays” (10 reviews)
“per adult” (6 reviews)
“entry fee” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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49 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 1824
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"great displays"
in 10 reviews
"per adult"
in 6 reviews
"entry fee"
in 10 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 5 reviews
"local history"
in 15 reviews
"gold mining"
in 23 reviews
"lakes district"
in 11 reviews
"gold rush"
in 19 reviews
"early settlers"
in 9 reviews
"a real gem"
in 4 reviews
"gold coin donation"
in 6 reviews
"on display"
in 8 reviews
"rainy day"
in 6 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 7 reviews
"early days"
in 4 reviews
"new zealand"
in 14 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

This place was excellent in terms of accessibility, price and knowledge. I loved the character of the place and how much they promoted the Maori and Chinese history particularly, it resonated wonderfully with the whole Arrowtown vibe. Also, a pan and shovel was only $3...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was interesting & good displays. Enjoyed working out the clues with the kids. Price was a bit steep.More

Thank southlanders262
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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the museum and our kids' code cracking treasure hunt! We aren't a council / government funded museum, we are a Charitable Trust and so without charging and admission fee we simply couldn't operate. Your admission helps us...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Strolling along this small but historical town, we found this Museum in the same building as the Information Centre at the main road of this town. A really good museum with plenty displays of old historical stuff related to people, immigrants coming from 4 different...More

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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for you review. The museum certainly is a busy place! We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit, J

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here a couple of times with my husband. Love the artworks that were on display and the Museum is well done.

Thank Tracy S
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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you! Our Autumn Festival Art Exhibition is always amazing and full of art from the amazing amount of talent in our area. We are pleased you enjoyed it. J

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is on the main street of Arrowtown. There are several rooms and a basement full of artifacts from the 1860's when Arrowtown was a gold boomtown. It's well worth spending an hour or so there.

Thank DarylJ552
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were so surprised of what we found in this little museum. So much history etc. everyone on our coach trip said the same. A great little town and the museum is a must visit you won't be diappointed. Just loved it.

Thank Debbie M
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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! We are so pleased you enjoyed our museum. J

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This museum would be easy to overlook. Each room tells part of the story about the local history. The place is well organized and nicely laid out. The staff was very helpful and seemed happy to have us visit. Make sure to use the downstairs...More

Thank mike49dowler
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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are always happy to have lots of visitors! See you next time. J

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

This museum is a must-see if you are in the area. It has the best descriptions and displays for the early settlers in the South and for the goldrush. Very well maintained in a nice building.

Thank BravoNZ
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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this fantastic review! We are really proud of our museum and we love hearing from visitors who have enjoyed it. See you next time. J

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

This is a place that everyone should visit at least once - not just tourists. Amazing displays, excellent information, fabulous staff. Learnt so much - really eye-opening! Will definitely be back!

Thank hullson
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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you! Our staff are passionate about our area and we love helping visitors and locals alike find out more about our history and stories. J

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Certainly lots to see and need a bit of time o go through it. I really liked all the old period rooms up. Well worth a visit.

Thank Lisa V
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YauYau
19 May 2016|
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Response from LakesDistrictMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Yauyau, I apologise for not responding to your question! Yes, we operate the Arrowtown Post Office but just the retail side of things. The mail is collected by a New Zealand Post employee and they take over the logistics... More
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vicky_fung
21 February 2015|
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Response from LakesDistrictMuseum | Property representative |
Hi, The Connectabus takes about 25 minutes from Queenstown if you take the route that travels via Arthurs Point. This bus leaves Queenstown at 7.35am, 10.35am, 1.05pm, 5.20pm, 7.05pm and9.35pm. Coma and see us and we will... More
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