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The Centre for Mid Canterbury's Heritage


We're on State Highway 1 (West Street) at the north end of the CBD.

If you're in Ashburton or passing through call in. We'd love to see you.


Admission is free but donations are welcome.
The Ashburton Museum is dedicated to preserving and making available for research and study the history and heritage of the Ashburton District — Mid Canterbury — the area bounded by the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers, the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alps.
It is a diverse area with a diverse history, centred principally on farming, initially pastoral farming, then livestock and grain and more recently dairying.
Industries have included woollen mills, freezing works and brickmaking. Many thousands of people have lived in the district since the 1850s, and records of many of their businesses, schools, churches and clubs are housed in the Museum Archives.
  • Displays and Exhibitions are on the 'Displays' button
  • Archives — Businesses, Schools, Clubs, Families information on the 'Research' button.
  • Photos — People, Buildings, Events. The 'Photos' button has a sample gallery as well as ordering information.
  • The 'Collection' button has a gallery of some of the objects in the collection.
  • Library — Books about Ashburton history and general history — call in and browse.
  • Retail — Many books about historical topics for sale, listed on the 'For Sale' button.
  • Interested in becoming a member or a volunteer helper? Have a look at the 'Join Us' button.



We Need Historical Photos

Click Here for a printable Usage Rights Form and Submission Contact Details

Help us tell the story of our community.

Ashburton Museum

327 West Street (SH1)
P.O. Box 94
Ashburton 7740

New Zealand

Phone +64 (03) 307 7890

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm;
Weekends 1pm - 4pm.

Closed Statutory Holidays.

Groups by arrangement.

Research Weekdays 1pm - 4pm

Admission free but donations are appreciated

Please Note:
no_smoking_sign Smoking is not permitted
no_food_or_drink No food or drink in the Museum please!
no-flash Flash photography is not permitted in the museum under any circumstances.
Photographing collection items (without flashlight) requires permission from Museum staff.