Lyttelton Museum began life in the two-storeyed wooden Shipping Company headquarters building, 2 Hawkhurst Road.
A growing collection and concerns about fire risk saw the Museum move to the then Merchant Navy Centre at 2 Gladstone Quay, where for the next three decades it continued to grow and develop.
" A magnitude 6.3 Earthquake damaged the building in 2011 beyond repair "
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused significant damage to the Gladstone Quay premises and forced the Museum to close.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake damaged the historic brick building further, meaning it was no longer a viable repository for the Museum’s collection.
The Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade and staff from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand (AFMNZ) rescued Lyttelton Museum’s collection as part of emergency recovery operations. Sadly, the building at 2 Gladstone Quay was demolished, leaving the Museum temporarily homeless.