A unique variety of exhibits present an authentic picture of early Maori in the southern lakes district, of the harsh pioneering days of the European settlers, and the exciting gold rush era of the mid to late 1800s. The Lakes District Museum has beginnings which are set in the town's gold mining past, and over the years has developed into a visitor experience with something for everyone. Today the museum welcomes around 50,000 visitors each year who enjoy the hands-on exhibits, special exhibitions, research facilities, education programme, information and retail outlet, and our special programmes for Conference and Incentive and tour groups. There is a small admission charge to visit the museum while admission to the information and retail outlet is free.
Arrowtown and the wider area has a colourful history. With a richly preserved heritage Arrowtown's past is all around you.
As an information outlet and booking agent we are often the first stop for visitors to the town for inquiries on accommodation and attractions. Visitors enjoy the opportunity to purchase books, crafts and art works, while the archives and research facility is immensely popular with the casual family historian or serious researcher. Our Special Exhibitions Gallery shows a changing selection of history or art based exhibitions.