Tuapeka Goldfields Museum

Uncover the rich history of the Tuapeka District

Open daily from 9.30am - 12.30pm, 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
Modified hours on Public Holidays

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The Tuapeka Goldfields Museum celebrates the early history of Lawrence, New Zealand's original gold rush town.
Discover the inspiring stories of people who changed the course of Aotearoa New Zealand's history, from gold to the National Anthem. 

See for yourself what makes Lawrence so special!

What's On

Events and special exhibitions at the Tuapeka Goldfields Museum. 

Lil' Miners

Thursday 26 October
11.00am - 11.30pm

Come to a reading of "The Lawrence Lions" by Clare Blackmore and hear about the real-life adventure of Sultan and Sonia.  Afterwards, create a lion of your very own to take home.

For pre-schoolers, homeschoolers, and their caregivers.

Lost + Found

Friday 3 November to Monday 27 November
9.30am - 4.30pm

Spare a thought for the many items discarded in garden trenches, or lost between walls and floorboards.   Uncovered by Lawrence residents today, these objects left behind reveal snippets of our forgotten past.   

Come see what has been unearthed at our temporary exhibition: Lost + Found.

Games of Yore

Sunday 5 November
10.00am - 3.00pm

This Heritage Day hopscotch into the museum for old-fashioned fun!   Play classic games knucklebones, Beggar My Neighbour, and more.   Experience virtual reality like a Victorian with our vintage stereoscope, no batteries required.

Hands-on fun for the whole whānau.