The Research Room is open to the public on weekdays from 10am to 4pm.


The ASHBURTON MUSEUM holds a substantial and increasing archive of material related to many aspects of the history of the Ashburton District.


It includes material about clubs, families, businesses and some schools and churches.

There are also subject and family files containing material gleaned from a number of sources.

In addition there is a very extensive illustrations collection — see details on the 'Photos' button.


If you would like to visit the Museum to enquire about a topic you are researching, it would be appreciated if you would get in touch first to make a time.

There is no charge for research unless you require assistance from staff.

If you are unable to visit, Museum staff can carry out some research for you for a reasonable fee, as detailed below. In such cases your enquiry is best submitted by mail or email, or simple enquiries can be dealt with by telephone.

Fees (GST Inclusive)

There is no charge for accessing family files, photo catalogue databases and the museum library in person; however donations towards museum costs are appreciated.

Researching in museum archives can only be carried out by museum staff. Charges apply for photocopying, printouts and in-depth research conducted by staff beyond initial introductory work.

There is no charge for simple counter or telephone enquiries, or the first half hour of searching finding aids, but donations are appreciated.


Research Fees:

Where assistance is required: Per 30 minutes (minimum) $30.00

Offsite Research: Per 30 minutes (minimum) $40.00 (only if staff available)

Photocopying & printouts: Per A4 page $0.20 (per side)

Per A3 page $0.40 (per side)

(*Colour copying is not currently available)

The above fees apply to research and photocopying only. Other fees are listed under the 'Photos' 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.