Welcome to Cromwell Museum Website


Cromwell Museum can be found in the heart of the Cromwell Mall. It is open seven days a week from 10am – 4pm on week days and 11 - 3pm on weekends. It is closed on Christmas Day and Easter Friday and is Council owned but under the care of the Cromwell Museum Trust. The personnel helping are volunteers and bring a wide range of attributes and a wealth of information to the museum.

The Museum does not charge for entry but a gold coin donation is appreciated to help in the maintenance and developing new exhibitions.

In 2016 the Museum was subject to a makeover by the Choice TV programme, Heritage Rescue.

The collections held by the museum have been built up over the years by donations and are of huge importance to the Cromwell township and surrounding area. Of particular interest to visitors and locals alike is the flooding of the Old Cromwell Town and surrounding orchards as part of the process of forming Lake Dunstan and the building the Clyde Dam.

The archaeological material and photographs are of national importance because the area has been subject of intensive archaeological investigation and research on both prehistoric and historic sites.


Tour Groups


Tour groups including school groups, are welcome and encouraged at the museum but it is important that they be pre-arranged so that the appropriate number of volunteers are available to ensure the experience is the best it can be for all.


  • Domestic and agricultural items
  • Gold Mining and Dredging Display and Models
  • Construction of the Clyde Dam
  • Chinese artefacts and sub fossil deposits
  • Maori artefacts
  • Moa bones
  • Chinese Head Stone
  • Green Glass Display
  • Ron Murray Photographic Collection


The Cromwell Museum has a research room and for a nominal fee museum staff are able to help with most research requests.