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Welcome to the website of Lyttelton Museum.

Male figurehead being rescused from quake-damaged Lyttelton Museum. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

Male figurehead being rescused from quake-damaged Lyttelton Museum. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

Welcome to Lyttelton Museum's website.

Since 1968, Lyttelton Museum has been a home for some of the history of the Lyttelton Harbour area.

We are currently closed because our building was demolished after the Canterbury earthquakes. However, our extensive collection was rescued during a series of daring emergency recovery operations by the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade and staff from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand (AFMNZ) and our collection is safely stored away.

We are working towards a new museum building for Lyttelton and we want your support and your involvement. See Building News to keep up to date. Alternatively,  like us on Facebook, become a member, and keep an eye out for our pop-up exhibitions around Lyttelton.

Lots of locals are dropping in to see the exhibition and writing their memories about the passenger train onto the cool tags we've hung up for all to read in the 'waiting room' we've created

Lots of locals are dropping in to see the exhibition and writing their memories about the passenger train onto the cool tags we've hung up for all to read in the 'waiting room' we've created

 

 

LYTTELTON BY RAIL

Happy Birthday Lyttelton Rail Tunnel!

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the rail tunnel, we've curated a special exhibition for Heritage Week, at the Lyttelton Library.

Our display cabinet has all sorts of cool stuff... including a big metal plate that used to be on the side of a second class carriage, a teeny tiny railway ticket, some engineering certificates, and an emergency stop notice.

Along with the history of the tunnel, there are some really great photos, and video stories from Lyttelton Locals of traveling through the tunnel.

Lyttelton by Rail is only on until 21 October - don't miss it!

 

 

Building News

WE’VE GOT A NEW HOME!

33 and 35 London St, the site of the new museum building. 

33 and 35 London St, the site of the new museum building. 

Or at least the land on which to build one … the Christchurch City Council today voted to gift us the land at 33/35 London St, next to Lyttelton Library.

“This is a great day for Lyttelton Museum,” says Peter Rough, Chair of our Development Committee. “We very much want to be an active hub for the Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō communities and now our plans for a new building can move forward.” 

It’s a big project. “We currently have $600,000. Owning the land will make it easier for us to start raising money. We estimate that we will need to raise about another $5M for the construction and fit-out of the new museum.”

We hope we can open the doors of the new museum late in 2019.

 

 

London Street, 1912. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

Oxford Street, c. 1980. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

Godley Quay Rowing Club, 1924. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.