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.


  • 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 is opening an additional temporary exhibition gallery. This 30m² gallery will be completed in time for an exhibition opening on 8 August.
  • Writing of War is a public event of readings on the evening of Friday, 1st August, to commemorate the centenary of the declaration of the First World War. Readings will be made from letters, diaries, and other material written by local servicemen who served during the War. Start time is 7pm, contact Akaroa Museum to book.

Fronting Up

8th August - 23 November 2014

This temporary exhibition commemorates the centenary of the declaration of the First World War. Using their own words, it focuses on the experiences of Peninsula servicemen and women during the War.

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.