Lyttelton Museum is a portal to the heritage of the harbour area. We aim to preserve the ever-evolving stories of the Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō area for future generations.  

We care for over 10,000 treasures in our unique collection, which specialises in the history and genealogy of the Lyttelton area and its connections to Antarctica. The Museum is operated by the Lyttelton Historical Museum Society Inc., a voluntary organisation administered by an annually-elected committee

Most of our staff and supporters are volunteers, and we also receive regular help from local businesses and organisations.

Lyttelton Port advertising feature, opening of the Lyttelton Tunnel 1964. c. Lyttelton Museum collection