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.


  • Akaroa Museum is already off to a flying start for 2015, with its visitor numbers set to reach a record high.
  • Remember Akaroa Museum is open 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, all summer. Closed Christmas day only.
  • 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.
  • On 5th December 2014 Akaroa Museum marked a milestone in its history celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. This was celebrated with a community birthday event on Sunday 7th December and the opening of a new exhibition "Fifty" (see below).


From 7th December 2014

An exhibition that combines the story of the founding of Akaroa Museum with a display of 50 objects chosen from the collection to mark each year since opening.

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.