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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery

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49 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
+64 3-442 1824
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Wonderful Museum and Even Better Guided Tour

My mother and I spent about two hours in the Lakes District Museum since the exhibits were so well... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Florida-Traveler-US
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Tallahassee, Florida
Very good informative museum

Loved this museum which is so rich with history, stories of the past culture, peoples and mining... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
moonlotus18
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“great displays” (10 reviews)
“per adult” (6 reviews)
“entry fee” (10 reviews)
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49 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 1824

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My mother and I spent about two hours in the Lakes District Museum since the exhibits were so well presented and the information provided in a way to help learn about Arrowtown's history. The museum is two stories and very large/extensive. There is even a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this museum which is so rich with history, stories of the past culture, peoples and mining heritage. Our family enjoyed it very much and my children enjoyed the looking for the hidden puzzles on the children's worksheet and got a lovely souvenir when they...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum had some interesting artifacts, such as old organs, small, medium, and large. An interesting old butter churn that at first appeared to be a part of a wringer washer. In the base floor of the museum there is a nice remake of a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called in with our elderly parents and we all enjoyed the displayed. it has been done up and has been done very well. We even found information on our family that we didn't know.

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although Arrowtown can feel like just a place for tourists to say they’ve been to, if you want to learn about and understand the history of area, this is a must place to stop at in Arrowtown. Very informative displays, complete with mock ups of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a fee to entry but it looks like they are putting it to good use. This is a great museum that gives a timeline of the area. It would've been nice to see more of the Maori culture headlined and not displayed on...More

Thank Joyce J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting museum depicting local life and industry (centred around gold mining of course) in the 19th century. Good value & a nice warm place on a cold, rainy day.

Thank Nyonya
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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 for your review. We have had a cold week haven't we! Snow on the mountains in March is rare. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. J

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is little history but efforts made to enlarge the little bit. For people from countries with real long history this place does not hold much.More

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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 for your honest review. You are correct that New Zealand is a very young country compared with the places that so many of our visitors come from. As New Zealanders we do our best to protect our stories and learn from our past....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Much bigger than it looks from the outside, this museum gives an excellent account of the history of the area. You can easily spend an hour or more here.

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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 for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. J

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

$10 entry fee was well worth it. Lots to see and wonderful exhibts to explain the history of arrowtown

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Lakes District M, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thanks for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. J

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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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