“Step into the past of the Reefton area.”
The museum is situated about 2km from Reefton in the heart of Blacks Point. The museum building is a piece of history in its own right and is one of many in the Reefton area to be lovingly maintained since pioneering times. The building, constructed of pit-sawn timber, was formerly the old Wesleyan Methodist Church and dates back to 1876.
Once you step inside you will find a fascinating collection, housing thousands of exhibits that display the rich and diverse history of an iconic West Coast town. Blacks Point Museum, records the way of life in a mining town and the mural on the left, painted by local resident and well-known cinematographer Alun Bollinger, is a great depiction of this history.
The museum features school records, cemetery records, town directories, historical photos, artefacts, family trees, books and all kinds of mining memorabilia. A must see highlight is to the working gold/quartz water driven stamper battery, that was built and used for mining in 1870′s and continues to bring history to life.
Peter Lawn or Graham Gollan, the museum's enthusiastic curators, are always willing to explain the history of the area to visitors, or to assist the search for information in the museum's extensive archive. The museum has to be the first point of call for anyone interested in family history, genealogy or the way of life of New Zealand’s pioneers.
The museum is open each year from October until April.
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Black's Point Museum
- Sat: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Sun, Wed - Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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