The Ashburton Museum, in the Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre on State Highway One (West Street) is the centre for learning all about the story of the development of the Ashburton
Displays include snapshots of various aspects of history using photos and objects from the Museum’s extensive collections. An extensive archive makes the museum the first stop for all those researching any aspect of Ashburton history, including family history. The research room is open every weekday
afternoon but if you can’t call then arrangements may be made for other times and staff can always do research for you, although there are charges for this.
The Photo Archive contains many photos from the town’s earliest days until quite recently. It
contains the negatives of the Ashburton Guardian and
commercial photographer Gordon Binsted, meaning it is particularly strong in photos from the 1950s on.
The museum is open on weekdays 10am to 4pm and weekends 1pm to 4pm. It is closed on statutory holidays.
Open weekdays 10am-4pm; weekends 1pm-4pm. Closed statutory holidays.
Ashburton Stories: Call in to browse displays that illustrate the history of Ashburton covering many topics including natural history, topography, early farming, churches, education, health, industry, fashion, police and military.
Portrait Gallery: Sit and read the stories of many former Ashburton citizens whose photos are on the portrait wall.
Research: The Museum’s archives contain many records of families, businesses, churches, schools local bodies and clubs and societies. If you call, the research room is open on weekdays, 1pm to 4pm. If you can’t call, email or write and we will look things up for you. Fees may apply.
Newspapers: Many of Ashburton’s early newspapers are available on microfilm, including complete runs of the Evening Echo, Ashburton Herald and Ashburton Mail as well as the Ashburton Guardian from 1974.
Photo archive: The Museum’s photo collection holds thousands of photos from the earliest years of the town to recent times, including complete collections from commercial photographers and newspapers.