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.