The Collection

The Ashburton Museum has a substantial collection of items related to the History of Mid Canterbury.

The collection includes items that have been used by Ashburton families, items that have been used during events in the District and items that have formed part of the District's infrastructure and items that indicate the types of interests and activities Ashburton people have engaged in.


The photo gallery gives an indication of the scope and diversity of the collection — there are a number of photos in the gallery so it may take a little while to load. Click here to view ....

Collection Policy

Accepting items for the collection is governed by the Museum's Aquisition and Collection policies.

To be accepted items must be in some way relevant to the history of the Ashburton District.

1.80.04_teapot_1They will not be accepted if they would have more relevance in another Museum outside the Ashburton District or in a specialist Museum within the District.

The Museum must be certain it will be able to house or displayed items in a secure and safe environment before accepting them.

Items that are seriously decayed or damaged or are in such a condition that they create a risk to other items in the collec tion will not be accepted.

Items that are the same as or similar to items already in the collection will not be accepted unless they are in substantially better condition.

Aquisition Policy

Old DollItems may be acquired by the Museum through gift, bequest, exchange or purchase.

1.76.64_cup__saucer_1While the Museum pursues a policy of actively adding to its collection, financial constraints mean items are purchased only under exceptional circumstances.

The Museum does not accept items on any type of long-term loan. All items accepted for the collection must have clear title and that title must pass fully to the Museum. An exception to this policy will be made for Taonga Tuturu deposited with the Museum under the terms of the Protected Objects Act 1975.


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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.