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28 Shearman Street Waimate

Telephone: (03) 689 7832     Email: wtemus@xtra.co.nz


Museum Hours

Tuesday to Friday 12.00 noon - 3.00pm

Saturday 1.00pm - 3.00pm (Mid December - End of March)

Sundays & Public Holidays 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Monday closed   (other times by appointment)

Admission by Donation             Group Bookings are welcome 


Click here to view a sample from our collection




28 Shearman Street Waimate

Telephone (03) 689 7842    Email: waimatearchives@xtra.co.nz


Archives Hours

Tuesday through Thursday 1.30pm - 4.00pm

(appointments recommended)


Waimate Archives Materials/Fees    Click to download file detailing our collection materials and research fees





Labour Day Weekend

In the Machinery Hall, Innes Street, Waimate

10.00am - 5.00pm



History of Waimate Historical Museum


Situated in the former Waimate Courthouse (1879 - 1979) this beautiful building sits in a fine garden setting and is now home to an extensive range of exhibits of interest to both young and old.


In 1854, when young pioneers Michael Studholme & Saul Shrives first arrived with their families and a bullock team to settle in the area.  In 1954 with the town celebrating its 100th year, the Waimate Historical Society was formed to preserve the history of the Waimate District.


The museum is home to many buildings several of which have been shifted on site. These include the old Douglas school, Bremners Cottage, and together with the old jail and police cells house a diversity of displays depicting life and times of old Waimate. 


History of Waimate District and Historical Archives


In 1999 the purpose built, climate controlled facility was opened.  It houses local government documents dating from 1864 (including rate books, maps and correspondence), various business and society records, school and church indexes and other valuable documentary material pertaining to the Waimate district.


Our Archive facility is situated in the Dempsey Complex and can be accessed from Innes Street or through the museum grounds.  Research can be carried out by yourself in our reading room or by one of our staff members.