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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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Lakes District Museum, Good Old Fun

The Lakes District Museum is not fancy, but it’s fun. Gives a great perspective on the region from... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
tellurideinside
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Telluride, Colorado
awesome historical museum, much bigger than it look.

I walk past couple times before visit this museum with friends. It look small form out side but... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Tama N
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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.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“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 26 November 2017

The Lakes District Museum is not fancy, but it’s fun. Gives a great perspective on the region from Maori through now. Shows the ups and downs of development through narrative, film and recreations of life in 3D dioramas of scenes from the lives of the...More

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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. J

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Reviewed 23 November 2017

I walk past couple times before visit this museum with friends. It look small form out side but much bigger inside. So many variety history about Arrowtown, nice ambience feel like back in 19's, nice staffs they know lot of history. One of a place...More

Thank Tama N
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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you for your lovely review. Our staff are always happy to help answer questions. J

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Have visited this museum may times over the years when we bring friends to Arrowtown. We like to visit the Chinese settlement and then move down to the Museum as it all ties in nicely. The displays especially the lower floor with the shops, school...More

Thank DJandR
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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you for this great review. The Chinese Settlement is definitely a must-do in Arrowtown as well isn't it. We are pleased that you enjoy our museum. J

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

We spent a couple of ours wandering through the exhibits at this museum. They tell about the history of Arrowtown and its surrounding region as well as what life was like there in the 1800s. I found the exhibits fascinating and had a hard time...More

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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you. We love hearing when visitors have enjoyed taking their time and having a good look around - although we appreciate that many of our visitors are on a tight travelling schedule! J

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Initially wondered about the entry fee but believe it well worth the price. An excellent collection of historical memorabilia specific to the era and area.More

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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

We are pleased to hear that you were happy with your visit. We are a Charitable Trust and your admission fee enables us to operate! We keep the archives for our region as well and so your $10 goes towards all sorts of 'behind the...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to visit; showing so much of the history of the region. It is set in an old bank. It was 10$ admission, but definitely worth it. Really good place; which I would recommend.

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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you for your great review. J

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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Decided to drop by the info centre which as interesting but museum needed entrance fee of 10$ per adult. Decided to go for gold panning but no luck haha. Did that for half an hr and got bored.More

Thank Yao Min W
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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Gold panning certainly does take a lot of patience. If it was easy we would all be down at the river every day! Our museum is a Charitable Trust and we rely on our admission fee to operate and preserve the history of our region....More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Wasn't sure what to expect from this museum but it was well worth the visit. Great displays, all excellent quality, very informative. The horse buggys downstairs were impressive. Some excellent books too. and free wifi.

Thank Ivan R
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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you for your great review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our museum! J

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Great museum. Kids enjoyed the 'hands on' experience. Loved the exhibits. Would have spent more time here if I had the chance. Don't miss out on seeing this attraction on your visit to Arrowtown.

Thank Carolyn S
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

We called into the museum primarily as a result of it raining heavily outside. We're glad we did, as the museum had many informative displays that showed the history of the area over the past two hundred years or so. It took us about 45...More

Thank PeteS1_12
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LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

We are pleased you enjoyed your time in our museum. Sorry that you didn't have any luck with the gold pans - the gold is still there but it's not easy to find! 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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