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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery

Open Now: 08:30 - 17:00
Open today: 08:30 - 17:00
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Delightfully Unconventional

This is one of the best small museums I've ever visited. Kudos to the people with the imagination... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
CarolDM1900
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Montpelier, Vermont
Really fascinating displays.

The Museum staff should be congratulated on a very impressive and effective collection. It tells... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
82MarkT
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Brisbane, Australia
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is one of the best small museums I've ever visited. Kudos to the people with the imagination and insight to create such a thing, in the place where it belongs: this historic, very well-preserved town where a walk down the main street is literally...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CarolDM1900
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Museum staff should be congratulated on a very impressive and effective collection. It tells the story of the area in a very compelling way. At $10 pp it is very reasonable.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 82MarkT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little area museum is a really nicely curated collection illustrating the life and times of Arrowtown and the surrounding area. It goes into depth about colourful local characters as well as the gold mining industry and lifestyle in the area, through time. There are...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travelled with my partner whilst on a holiday and staying at Queenstown for a few days. We were told Arrowtown was nice and had planned to drive for a quick look and a bite to eat. Spent 5 hours, much of this time in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sue M
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the artwork and purchased some prints. Artists for the prints were on site and very inspiring in conveying their message in the artwork. Obviously current artists change but a good visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Beautifully curated to a big city, world class museum standard. Rich and colourful local history presented with an admirable, balanced narrative. Exceptional galleries with clear signage and descriptive panels. Many artifacts displayed in a period authentic setting. Suggest you go first thing or last thing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 8 December 2018

This is Arrowtown so we just h ad to go gold panning. Hiring pans from this museum, the ladies on the information desk were able to tell us where to try and where not to go and offer a leaflet with instructions on how to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank readysteadyteddy
LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

We must get our newer staff members down to the river! There is still gold to be found but when the water is cold and time is limited it's never easy. The alluvial gold that is still in the river is found in very small...More

Reviewed 8 December 2018

Really good museum explaining the growth of the town and the local gold mining industry. Interesting displays and artefacts.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MadalynH7
Reviewed 8 December 2018

A museum describing the history of the area with many artefacts well laid out and accessible. Very helpful staff. A good experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve W
LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thank you. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. J

Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

Brilliant collection of artefacts well put together in various displays. History of gold mining in the area and the recreations of old shops and businesses give a real sense of how people lived in the past. There were some activities aimed at young children too....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank feejay2018
LakesDistrictMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thank you for such a great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. J

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KellyAKK
23 October 2018|
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Response from Lisa V | Reviewed this property |
I would allow a couple of hours.
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KellyAKK
23 October 2018|
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Response from Bi-coaster | Reviewed this property |
I’d say an hour would do nicely. And do go downstairs!
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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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