Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, Arrowtown

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History Museum · Art Gallery
Situated in the center of Arrowtown, Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery showcases the town's pioneering history, regional art work, and more. Learn about the Lake District's past through interactive and hands-on displays. Discover early Maori life and Arrowtown's gold-mining era in the history museum, or try your luck panning for the precious metal in the Arrow River. Head to the gallery to view impressive local art (fall visitors shouldn't miss the annual Autumn Festival Art Exhibition). The museum complex offers a guided tour of its buildings as well as the historical town center, and boasts a delightful souvenir shop. You can even stop into its working post office, built in 1915. Plan your Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery visit and explore what else you can see and do in Arrowtown using our Arrowtown trip builder site.
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  • Firstly, we visited the museum before heading out to the river to try our luck panning for gold. Loved the museum. Very informative and great history about the area. Gold panning was also lots of...  more »
  • Brilliant small museum focussed on Arrowtown in the gold mining era. Unlike other similar museums I’ve been to with kids they seem to recognise their value proposition and didn’t try and rip us off....  more »
  • The town itself is very beautiful. Situated on the bank of arrow river and mountains clad in pine trees. The museum is nicely maintained with informative displays of things dating back to the arrival of settlers in New Zealand. They have displays of things used in maritime, mining, currency notes of New Zealand, artistic things like musical instruments and paintings. They even have displays of fossils found in New Zealand of various birds and animals, which are now extinct. They have souvenirs shop and a cafe there for the tourists. It's a nice museum and nice little town to see.👌🏼👍🏻
  • Such a beautiful museum, very interactive as well. Cheap and definitely worth the price. Learnt a lot of things about NZ culture. Definitely a must see!
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