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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.


The Museum has a small permanent staff of four, supported by casual staff and volunteers.

Director: Lynda Wallace
Collections Manager: Daniel Smith
Museum Assistant: Dave Walker
Museum Assistant: Patsy Turner
Customer Services Assistant: Lesley Burkes-Harding
Honorary Costume Curator: Mary McNutt


Akaroa Museum is owned and operated by the Christchurch City Council. It is part of the Art Gallery Unit in the Citizen and Community Group.

Advisory Committee

Local input to the Museum is provided by the Akaroa Museum Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the Akaroa-Wairewa Community Board.


The Museum is actively supported by the Friends of Akaroa Museum, a membership organisation dedicated to assisting the development of the Museum. As a benefit of membership, Friends receive free admission to the Museum, discount at the museum shop, a regular newsletter and invitations to special events and openings.

To find out more, contact the Friends at P.O. Box 35, Akaroa, or email kate.clare@vodafone.co.nz.