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Learn about John Menzies, farmer and artist, late 19th century

Small museum provides an introduction to local history, some parts undergoing renovation. A fascinating section on John Menzies, who was a settler, became a sheep farmer and took... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small museum provides an introduction to local history, some parts undergoing renovation. A fascinating section on John Menzies, who was a settler, became a sheep farmer and took an interest in Maori carving patterns and motifs. He adopted or adapted these in houses and furniture he built for himself and his family and St Luke's church at Little Akaloa (also... More 

Thank JofromFrance1
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The entry is a donation for the museum. There are phots, artefacts and information in several rooms of notable locals. A video in a theatre room was very informative about the area and how the French came to be in NZ.

Thank Richard W
Penn Valley, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quite small but it did educate us on the area so was worth a visit. It doesn't take much time to go through it. There is also a film you can see while there. Donation admittance.

Thank minic00per
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small interesting museum giving one an idea of the early settlement. The staff are helpful and friendly and there is an interesting video to see.

Thank ladygolfer19
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite a small museum, with enough to keep you occupied for 30-60 minutes. The 20 minute video showing the history of Akaroa desperately needs a revamp from the 1990's.

Thank DHC2-Man
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is compact and has a number of interesting artefacts on display. There is a 20 minute video showing the geographical and historical development of the settlement. It was a little hard going at times in terms of style of delivery and difficult to hear with the background music.

Thank Lee S
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Some of the museum is closed due to the quake but the rest is very well laid out and is informative. There is a half hour video recording showing the local history. The background music is too loud and dreary, some of the dialogue was lost because of it.

Thank old_romantics_2000
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Right on the Main Street of Akaroa, this museum was well attended by people off the cruises and others. Has a good DVD of the history. The face mask which was good enough to detail facial tattooing was a gem. I especially liked the local furniture carver. His fusion of Maori and Celtic was masterful.

Thank Feenixwest
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Part of the exhibition was closed for renovation, but what we could see was very well presented. Good information, not too much or too little that our 11 year old would skip reading, and also enough at his eye height to keep him interested. Good info on the origins of Akaroa plus some special exhibition of unique local carved furniture.

Thank Richard F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Not too much to see although it is a work in progress. It would be nice to see the old french cottage fully restored. It should be showcased.

Thank Rick M

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