Visit Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum

The Picton Heritage and Whaling Museum overlooks the Picton Foreshore and Queen Charlotte Sound and contains historical collections from Picton (Waitohi) and the Sounds dating back to the 1700s. The exhibit tells the story of the families who lived here and how Picton came to be. The display includes significant Maori (Te Atiawa) history and artefacts, documentations of maritime activities in the Sounds and a comprehensive display of the history of whaling.

Where is the museum located?

They are located on Picton's Foreshore overlooking the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton's Memorial Park. Within eyesight from the museum is a children's playground, mini-golf and the local aquarium. Hours of fun can be had for young and old, all in the locality.

Visit if you’d like to immerse yourself in the life of a whaler or to gain a deeper understanding of the history of Picton and the Sounds.  If you are looking for very specific information, they can undertake research requests for you for a small fee. Often they uncover deep-rooted family histories of the area and significant events stored in their catalogue of manuscripts, oral histories and photographic collections. They have a variety of books written by New Zealand authors and welcome anyone to become a member of the Picton Historical Society.

  • Adult – $5.00
  • Student – $3.00
  • Child – $1.00


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