The Picton Museum on London Quay has been a feature of the town for almost 60 years.

           The present building was constructed in 1990 and houses a busy display of

Whaling, Maritime and Historic artefacts.

Items on display are well annotated, and the collection of local and family histories is an important attribute of the Museum. 

The Museum is built on the site of the original Waitohi Pa and local iwi are supportive of the Museum being on this important site. It is affiliated with "Museums of Aotearoa" and has good contacts with other regional and national museums. There is good and on-going support and communication with Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi.  We are also grateful for an annual subsidy from Marlborough District Council.

 The Museum Collection consists of some 2,000 items covering:

 Our general categories are:

        Book collections -   New Zealand (55), Marlborough (90), Maori (105), Maritime (50)

        Histories -    School (20), Church (10), Families (20), Oral (165), Sounds (25)

       Collections - Whaling & Marine mammals (15), Shells, Birds & Fish (15), Births,

                             Deaths &   Marriages, Historical photographs, Textiles (315), Artefacts (645),

                             Newspapers and Council Records.

       Various -       Maps & Plans (340), Maori Reserve Lands 


These are held in a Research Room and library

available during opening hours or by appointment

Appointment required for personal assistance

The museum contains a mural of graphics by noted artist Brian Flintoff, QSM, illustrating Maori stories about the local area.

                                   Visits from school classes, clubs, interest groups etc

                             are welcomed by the museum (by appointment) at special rates

Upon completion of the Museum Extension Project

(see Whaling Extension page)

the Museum theme will be Heritage and Whaling.


At present the Swiftsure replica is displayed under the museum

facing the Foreshore


The Picton Museum welcomes over 7000 visitors each year

and provides research, photographic reproduction and photocopy services.


Please use our Research Request form

and we'll do our best to help you if we can.

Publications for sale

Prepared and published by the 'Picton Historical Society '

and may be ordered using the Research Request Page

Chronology of Picton & Queen Charlotte Sound

Volume 1, to 2009.

A4 format with spiral binding, 84 pages, with illustrations. 

$30.00 plus $7.50 postage within New Zealand (Plus $3.70 if to a Rural Address)


Whekenui School, 1951-1962. 

ISBN 978-0-473-13212-5

A5 format with soft cover, 44 pages. 

$10.00 + $3.00 p&p


The bays of Port Underwood (Cloudy Bay) 

Heritage Trail booklet with driving notes.

ISBN 978-0-473-21273-5

A5 format with soft cover, 16 pages. 

$8.00 + $3.00 Postage within New Zealand


                                                         The Grove Arm of Queen Charlotte Sound 

Heritage Trail booklet with driving and boating notes.

ISBN 978-0-473-21967-3

A5 format with soft cover, 24 pages.

$8.00 + $3.00 p&p 

Picton Foreshore Heritage Walk

Heritage Trail booklet for exploring Picton

A5 format with soft cover, 24 pages.

$8.00 + $3.00 p&p 

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