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Geraldine Historical Museum

Geraldine Museum

The focus of the Geraldine Historical Museum is to record and display the history of the Geraldine area and highlight the contribution organisations and individuals have made to the development of the Timaru District, the Waitaha/Canterbury Region and in some cases contributions of national importance. This is achieved with an emphasis on personalising the area’s history through life-sized historical photographs, DVD’s and feature boards highlighting the deeds of pioneers and those who made history in the area.

The Museum provides an educational and research base for locals and visitors with a growing reputation in the national and international visitor market that complements other attractions within the town.

The Museum is based around the historical Town Board Office building on Cox Street (Historical Places Trust Category 2) and includes the adjacent Wharton building (former Women’s’ Restroom).

The Museum is free to visit, open daily and desk duty volunteers provide a welcome and interpretive service to visitors. Volunteers are trained to carry out standard museum practices which include data entry, cataloguing, conservation, research and oral histories. A daily record of visitors is kept and it is on average between 16,000 – 18,000 per annum.

The Museum undertakes Family Research, records oral histories, stores club and organisation records and memorabilia and hosts schools, organisations and many other groups.

Opening hours:

Mon-Sat 10 am-3 pm

Sunday 12:30 - 3:00 pm

FREE -donations appreciated.


Wheelchair access

Other Facilities

Geraldine and District and family research undertaken / Museum brochures / Way We Were Cards (old Geraldine scenes)

If you are interested in joining the Geraldine Historical Society which operates the museum please get in touch with Margaret Chapman on 03 693 9994.


Contact Information

Cox Street, Geraldine, Timaru District, Canterbury, 7930, New Zealand
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