History House Museum

Temporary pop up museum now open

Our staff have been very busy working on gathering items from the History House Museum in Gresson Street and creating interpretation panels for a temporary central Greymouth pop up museum. This exhibition space has been set up to tell the stories of our local history and themes will include sporting heroes, engineering feats, social history and much more.

Being an expo, it covers only part of the collection normally held in the museum. Key aspects, ie the pre-European history, is not yet captured well and arrangements are in place to address this early in the new year. Nevertheless, the current display is most impressive and a good snapshot of where we come from.

We would like to see the exhibition as a collaborative effort and invite our community to not only visit the temporary space, but also to engage with the staff on site about how to make it even more relevant. We are missing photos of key local sporting heroes and we are working with the individuals involved to correct that. Also, we have objects like signed balls on display but do not have any information on it. You may well have information that can make these articles really come to life.

You can find the temporary pop up museum at 130 Mackay Street, Greymouth (formerly Dick Smith). As well as displays and interpretation panels, other attractions planned for the space include a children's corner, an audio visual room and a retail area.

It is anticipated that the temporary History House Museum space will be onsite for around six months, opening to the public on Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 1pm. Their opening hours will be 1pm to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Monday and Tuesday).

Please pop on in and take a look!


  • Temporary History House Museum exhibition space
  • 130 Mackay Street, Greymouth
  • Open 1pm to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)

Date: 20 December 2017

Building closed to the public

Unfortunately the History House Museum building in Gresson Street is closed due to earthquake prone building concerns. Council made the decision to close it effective from 5pm Friday 24 February 2017 after an engineer report was reviewed and the building was found to be just 10% of NBS (new building standard). The national minimum seismic compliance rating is 33% as per earthquake prone building regulations.

Council therefore had no option but to close the building for the safety of its staff and the public. A working group has been set up to make recommendations to Council for the future of the Museum service.

Date: 24 February 2017

Page reviewed: 21 Dec 2017 3:18pm