Queenstown Museums and Galleries

Perhaps not that well known for its culture, there are still plenty of Queenstown Museums & Galleries to while away a few cerebral hours. Learn about this area's fascinating gold mining history, and discover what today's artists are up to.  

Museums & Galleries in Queenstown are home to some very well respected artists and exhibitions, so it's worth exploring, to see just how the local landscape still inspires people today. In the CBD, you'll find Queenstown Fine Art Gallery and Central Art Galleries, both specialising in New Zealand artists, and worth investigating if you're after an original souvenir. Vesta is an intriguing mix of museum, cafe and design space, with always something different to see. Artbay is a gallery inside the famous Mountaineer Building, with some innovative paintings and sculptures.   Smaller boutique galleries like Ivan Clark, Toi o Tahuna and Milford Galleries offer more individual pieces for those with fat wallets. The most fascinating museum in the area is the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown. Here, you'll find out all about Queenstown's old mining heritage, the Chinese community, and the development of New Zealand's railways. Arrowtown also has two or three boutique art galleries.

Romer Gallery

Romer Gallery Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

Situated in Earl Street in the centre of Queenstown, Romer Gallery showcases the landscapes of New Zealand rarely seen from one of the world's most sought after commercial photographers.

Kapa Design Gallery

Kapa Design Gallery Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

Presenting the works from New Zealand artists, Kapa Design Gallery showcases jewellery, photography, prints, ceramics and many more unique items that highlight the culture of New Zealand.

The Lakes District Museum and Gallery

The Lakes District Museum and Gallery Arrowtown, Queenstown

Stop by the Lake District Museum and Gallery, one of the country's most beloved small museums, for a look at early life in Otago.

Central Stories Museum

Central Stories Museum Alexandra, Queenstown

Centrally located in Alexandra, the museum houses an audio-visual display of Central Otago's gold mining geological, agricultural and social history.

Ivan Clarke Gallery

Ivan Clarke Gallery Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

A well known artist, Ivan Clarke displays his paintings in his own gallery. Over thirty years of painting has captured the majestic beauty of New Zealand's dramatic landscapes on canvas.

National Transport and Toy Museum

National Transport and Toy Museum Wanaka, Queenstown

Conceived 50 years ago, the National Toy and Transport Museum has developed from one man’s dream into a major Wanaka attraction.

Silver Fern Gallery

Silver Fern Gallery Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

Silver Fern Gallery offers a variety of original pieces of art works from New Zealand artists. Catering for the broader spectrum of tourists, items range from small $10 pieces to upwards of $10,000.

Queenstown Gallery of Fine Art

Queenstown Gallery of Fine Art Queenstown-Central, Queenstown

Established in 1998, Queenstown Gallery of Fine Art meets the needs of the growing demand for international quality original fine art in Queenstown.

Alan Waters Art Gallery

Alan Waters Art Gallery Bannockburn, Queenstown

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See the works of one of New Zealand's premier artists. The Alan Waters' Art Gallery in Bannockburn occupies a stunning location, high above the Cromwell valley.


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  • 360 Panoramic View
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