Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown

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Situated in the center of Arrowtown, Lakes District Museum 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. Use our Arrowtown vacation generator to arrange your visit to Lakes District Museum and other attractions in Arrowtown.
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  • One of the best Museums we have visited in years. A 'must see' if you are in the area and plenty to keep you occupied for ages. Fascinating insight into the history of the area and town ....  more »
  • This is certainly worth visiting. The displays are varied and interesting, with items to attract adults and children alike. If you want to stop to read about and ponder all of the exhibits, allow a co...  more »
  • The Lakes District Museum should be the first stop for new visitors to Arrowtown. Arrive early when it's quiet so you can wander through all of the exhibits. Arrowtown has a fascinting history so it's...  more »
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  • Small and interesting, with lots of history but needs audio guide for those who cannot read English
  • Was there during the Autumn Festival & the place was packed. Museum is much larger than it looks from the outside so give yourself plenty of time to look around.
  • Very informative. Do try to sieve gold sands in nearby river. Good luck!
  • A lot of displays. They rebuilt several rooms from the gold mining era, among them a school, a bakery, a carpenter's shop, a printimg office and some more. A great bargain for only $10 entry fee. Also great for kids as there are a lot of displays you can touch and interact with.
  • The museum is bigger than it look. Part of it is the old bank and its stable was preserved inside the museum. Lots of historical items. Well worth the $10 entry fee. Don't miss the historic toilet. Note: Some figures may frighten young children.