Following a partial reopening, we can once again offer a full range of services to visitors and our community.

Please phone (03 304 1013) or email us for more information.


  • From 11/05/2015 Akaroa Museum switches to winter opening hours - 10:30 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.
  • Strengthening works to the Museum buildings are underway, please note that the occasional burst of noise and disruption are unavoidable. Despite appearances, we are still open!
  • An alphabetical list of Banks Peninsula soldiers and nurses who served in the First World War is now available on the Research tab for viewing or download, or click here
  • Akaroa Museum is already off to a flying start for 2015, with its visitor numbers set to reach a record high.
  • A grant of $500,000 from the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage towards the rejuvenation of Akaroa Museum.
  • Free entry to Akaroa Museum. As part of its 2014/15 Annual Plan, the Christchurch City Council has confirmed entry to the Museum will be free from 1st July 2014.


Akaroa Museum celebrated its 50th birthday on 5th Decemeber 2014. Below are a sample of objects from the collection and some of the early displays from the Museum.

About us

Akaroa Museum is focused on the history of Banks Peninsula. Its collections are varied from archives, archaeology and art to zoology. A full range of museum services is provided to the community and visitors, including changing exhibitions, research services and access to an extensive collection. The Museum is open 363 days a year.

The Akaroa Museum was established in 1964 around the historic Langlois-Eteveneaux cottage, a rare remnant of the French presence in Akaroa. Since then, the Museum has expanded to include three exhibition galleries, a research room, theatre, and shop. Two additional heritage buildings, the old Akaroa Court House and the Custom House are also under the care of the Museum.