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September 2016

The Collectors

September 1, 2016 - November 17, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

This exhibition focused on our love of collections. It featured different types of collections and the stories of collectors with a passion for multiples. Thematic collections, such as the cat-themed collection of Adair Pethig, showcased the importance of collecting to people.   To find out more about this exhibit, scroll back on our blog  (link) Follow us on Facebook to learn more about what’s on at Ashburton Museum.

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January 2017

Balls, Bullets & Boots

January 1, 2017 - March 19, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

Balls, Bullets & Boots: From the Rugby Field to the battlefield, told the unfolding stories of fourteen New Zealand rugby players who went to fight for King and Country in the Great War and one lady coach who inspired generations of players. The exhibition toured from the New Zealand Rugby Museum, Palmerston North. To find out more about this exhibit, scroll back on our blog    Follow us on Facebook to learn more about what’s on at Ashburton Museum.

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Frederick Cooper: Pioneer Photographer

January 1, 2017 - March 19, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

This fascinating installation centred on the pioneering photography of Frederick Cooper, a nineteenth century photographer. Hauling heavy photographic material to remote mountain regions, Cooper captured stunning images of the Southern Alps. His photography helped kick-start mountain and glacier tourism by bringing images of the beautiful South Island to people for the first time. Frederick Cooper's story was displayed through a selection of his famous photographs from our collection, paired with examples of the photographic equipment he hauled up the Southern…

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June 2017

Meet you at the Radiant Hall

June 1, 2017 - August 17, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

By far one of our grooviest exhibitions, Meet you at the Radiant Hall told the story of what was once the hottest spots in town, the famous dance hall known as the Radiant Hall. The exhibition spanned the hall's inception in the 1930s to its demolition in 1996, while focusing on Ashburton's collective memory of the balls, dances, music, fun, and the parties that were held there. We also had a craft activity available for children, where we had kids…

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November 2017

Sounds Like Us

November 1, 2017 - January 17, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

From Radio New Zealand, this exhibition explored the history of radio in New Zealand, through Kiwiana radio designs made by Weta Workshop. Audio stations provided the soundtrack to one of our nation's most fascinating stories. Radio sculptures from Weta Workshop depicted aspects of our beloved Kiwi culture ranged from a quirky caravan radio, the 'fish and chip' radio, to an Ernest Rutherford atomic radio. Over 600 visitors created their own customised cardboard radios to showcase their unique identities, which were…

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February 2018

From Taonga to Today

February 1, 2018 - April 18, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

Ongoing - an ever changing permanent exhibition. This object-rich exhibition is drawn from our nationally significant collection. It traces the history of the Ashburton region from nature, to taonga, to today. The story of New Zealand's diverse cultural heritage is woven throughout. Interactive modules provide an engaging way to discover the history, heritage and natural features of the region. Opportunities to explore history through creative activities and hands on making are always available. Learn about daily life in Mid-Canterbury, and…

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March 2018

Bugs, Rust and Dust Bunnies

March 1, 2018 - May 16, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

Bugs, Rust and Dust Bunnies focussed on the conservation and preservation of treasures/taonga, in both the museum and home. This exhibition was designed to guide people on the dos and don'ts of preserving precious objects and documents at home, from thinking about air humidity to pest control. Museum-wide activities and a series of workshops were also a part of the exhibition programme. To find out more about this exhibit, scroll back on our blog (link)   Follow us on Facebook to learn…

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September 2018

Women Power: Freedom for Change

September 1, 2018 - November 16, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

Ashburton Museum honoured the 125th anniversary of universal women's suffrage in New Zealand with this inspiring and personal exhibition. Women Power featured the contemporary stories of women working in non-traditional roles in the Ashburton District. We feel deeply about the historic struggle our women endured for the right to vote, this exhibition demonstrates the ongoing legacy of women power by showcasing strong women in our community and their inspiring stories. To find out more about this exhibit, scroll back on…

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December 2018

Dig In Mahi Māra

December 1, 2018 - February 15, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

December 2018 – February 2019 A special kids exhibition about gardening and sustainability, where all the fruit and veges have been knitted by the community! Dig In Mahi Mara has transformed the museum into a fun, colourful indoor garden space complete with a wooden shed, planters, and more. It's a great space to role play, learn and explore.  Ever changing crafts and activities mean repeat visits are essential. Come visit Dig In Mahi Mara and help make our garden grow!…

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Ng Kings Brothers Gardens

December 13, 2018 - April 30, 2025
Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Museum, West St,
Ashburton, New Zealand

December 2018 – February 2019 Ashburton's ties to the Chinese diaspora run deep, as seen in this exhibition about the Ng King Brothers family, market garden and businesses. Learn the inspiring story of one of Ashburton's most respected families, the Ng Kings. Discover Ashburton's Chinese heritage, and how their property on Allens Road grew into one of the most successful market gardens in the South Island, and became a social hub for this happy and hardworking community. Follow the Ng…

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