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Museum will be re-opening very soon

Ashburton Museum has moved to a new building and has almost finished setting up new exhibitions. While the Museum is still closed to the public the opening of the new building on West Street, Ashburton (SH1) will take place on February 14, 2015.

In the meantime no items are being accepted for the collection. If you need to get in touch, contact by email or post is preferable. Phone contact for individual staff members will be erratic until the building is open.

Other Ashburton Research Resources

 Family history enquiries may be made to the Ashburton District Family History Group, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzlasfhg/

 The family history library at 254 Cameron Street is open Wednesdays 10am to 4pm, 2nd & 4th Fridays 1pm - 4pm & 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am to noon, but is closed over the Christmas break.

 The Ashburton Public Library newspaper research room is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 2pm to 5pm.




The Centre for Mid Canterbury's Heritage

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.



Your help is needed to complete the furnishing of our new home. 

Go to http://www.insidethebox.co.nz/




Ashburton Museum

327 West Street (SH1)
P.O. Box 573
Ashburton 7740

New Zealand

Phone +64 (03) 308 3167 

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm;
Saturday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm.

Closed Statutory Holidays.

Groups by arrangement.

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.