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Thames Museum

The collection features articles from early Thames including a unique display of handcrafted Kauri models of heritage buildings.


Displays at Thames Museum cover the history of the town and its surroundings from the arrival of Polynesian explorers in the mid-14th century through to the mid-20th century.

A stroll through our galleries begins with an account of that early settlement, leading into a display of tools and other items from the pioneer period which followed the discovery of gold in Thames in 1867.

Thames Printers, Photographers and Projectionists features artifacts from the days of the town’s first newspapers in the late 1860s and includes the projector from the first picture theatre. Domestic Pioneer Life at the Thames is a tribute to the women who lived in the town in the Victorian era. It prompts us to reflect on just how much our lives have changed in the last 120 years. This display is accompanied by a fascinating slide show.

The Ted Egan Gallery glows with the golden hues of polished recycled kauri. It contains local craftsman Ted Egan’s models of buildings which have disappeared from the townscape.

On show until further notice is a display of memorabilia celebrating the history of the Thames Volunteer Fire Brigade which began as the two brigades of Grahamstown and Shortland soon after the discovery of gold. This display includes the oldest fire engine in New Zealand.

The Museum has recently set aside a space for a small boutique display which will be changed every few months.

Thames Museum is run entirely by volunteers who look forward to welcoming you.

Open Friday to Wednesday 10am to 1pm

Adults $5 Children $2 - School age children with 2 adults free.

Groups and guided visits welcome by prior arrangement

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Closed. Reopens Friday 10:00AM
Monday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Tuesday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Wednesday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Sunday 10:00AM – 1:00PM
$2 – $5
Physical Address

503 Cochrane St, Grahamstown
New Zealand

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