The main exhibition in our new museum is


It tells the story of the development of the Ashburton District from pre-human times to the present day, using snapshots of some of the many stories behind the building of the district.

A feature of this exhibition is the portrait wall, containing photos of many people who have lived in the Ashburton District over more than 150 years, with their stories contained in a book.

The old favourites are still there - the three dimensional map of the district and the working model of a irrigation farm, but they have been upgraded.


An interactive touch-screen display detailing the history of irrigation in the Ashburton District, why it is needed, how it works and the major effect it has on the local economy and structure of the district.



Our short term display at present is called

'Red Cross 1915-2015'

100 Years of Care 

Hands on display showing changes in communication technology down the ages.

Coming Soon:

An exhibition looking at changes in funerals over time.

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We Need Historical Photos

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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.