Current exhibitions

This page lists our current exhibitions. To view our past exhibitions, click here.

The Women of Lyttelton Gaol

From the mid-1860s until 1913, more than 800 women were imprisoned at Lyttelton Gaol. Our latest project uncovers who those women were, where they came from, and what crimes they committed.

Visit the online exhibition to find out more.

An original soundscape has also been created as part of the project. It will play half hourly on the Gaol site for the 2018-19 summer - that’s the rose garden beside the Charles Upham Memorial Clock above Oxford Street.

 Lyttelton Gaol from the corner of Oxford and Winchester Streets, about 1900, Palliser family collection, Canterbury Museum, 1991.345.3

Lyttelton Gaol from the corner of Oxford and Winchester Streets, about 1900, Palliser family collection, Canterbury Museum, 1991.345.3


Slideshow at the Lyttelton Harbour Infomation Centre, 20 Oxford Street

Sorry – we are currently unable to show our slideshow of images from the museum's photograph collection which is usually displayed in the window of the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre. Our screen has broken and can’t be repaired, but we are in the process of choosing a new one and will get that installed as soon as possible.

 Lyttelton Museum slideshow in the window of the Lyttetlon Harbour Information Centre.

Lyttelton Museum slideshow in the window of the Lyttetlon Harbour Information Centre.


Lyttelton Timeline Panels

This exhibition features six large panels highlighting significant events in the development of Lyttelton township.
Where: In the grounds of Grubb Cottage, 62 London Street, Lyttelton, open 10-12 Saturdays.