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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery

Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Interesting museum

Unfortunately we arrived near closing time could have spent much longer looking around this museum... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
Sarah B
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
It needs more time than you think

It looks tiny but there is a lot to read and see on the inside. We didn't leave enough time to do... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2017
Annalise E
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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...more
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49 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 1824
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Unfortunately we arrived near closing time could have spent much longer looking around this museum. Working in a hospital I found the old operating instruments very interesting.

Thank Sarah B
Felicity H, Guest Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

We are fortunate that those medical instruments were donated to the museum by a local Doctor. Some of them are a bit frightening aren't they! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. J

Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

It looks tiny but there is a lot to read and see on the inside. We didn't leave enough time to do this little museum justice. Well worth the visit tho.

Thank Annalise E
Felicity H, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

One of the most frequent comment we get from our guests is that the museum is much bigger than expected! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. J

Reviewed 7 December 2017

The museum was filled with a lot of history, providing a nice balance of artifacts and verbiage to read. Don't miss the downstairs "village" including an outhouse (be sure to go in!). It takes approximately 1.5-2 hours to do it justice but I highly recommend...More

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Felicity H, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Yes, the outhouse is our most popular exhibit! We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit. See you next time. J

Reviewed 6 December 2017

Wandered into this small museum with low expectations and left feeling that we'd stumbled across a very special place indeed. Having recently visited New Zealand's National museum and New York's Museum of Natural History I would have to say that little Arrowtown's displays were on...More

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

Wow! What a compliment! We are so chuffed to hear that you enjoyed our museum so much. J

Reviewed 27 November 2017

I make a point of going to the I Site when new in town - the staff here were as usual very friendly and helpful and sold us on visiting the museum which is in the major part of this deceptively large building - the...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review. The most common comment we receive is that the museum is much larger than it looks! J

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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YauYau
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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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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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