Ashburton Museum

The Ashburton Museum features an extensive collection of historical records and photographs related to the whole Ashburton District.
These include the Binsted and Tindall negative collections, an extensive map collection sale plans from the breaking up of many large farming estates and many company, club and school records.
Also the Ashburton District Council Archives with valuation rolls, rate books and minutes.

A large collection of other items from the district includes many hundreds of Maori artefacts from the Wakanui site excavations of the early 1970s and a model circus containing many hundreds of pieces, built by a local man.

The Ashburton Museum is centrally situated in Ashburton, on State Highway One (West Street).

Contact Details

P O Box 94, Ashburton 7740

64-3-307 7890

Manager: Michael Hanrahan Collection: manager Maryann Cowan Archivist: Kathleen Strnger

Visitor Information

329 West St (SH1), Ashburton

Weekdays 10am to 4pm. Saturday & Sunday 1pm-4pm. Closed statutory holidays. Research weekday afternoons.

Free, donations appreciated. Charges apply for research and copying.


Wheelchair access

Reference library



Membership club


Other Facilities

Wheelchair friendly - wheelchair available for public use.
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