"Greenstone and Gold" is the title of the audiovisual which introduces this museum's collections, and gold mining in particular is celebrated in the museum's historical displays.
The building is an impressive restored "Carnegie" Library, 1908, Designed by Nelson architect, A. R. Griffen, it was financed as a library by Scottish American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Now it houses the Hokitika Museum, the Carnegie Gallery and the Information Centre.
You’ll see displays of various types of pounamu, learn about the social history of the region and the different nationalities who came to the goldfields. A working model of a gold dredge made from meccano is an unusual display in the Pioneers Room. Allow 20 minutes to watch a superb audio-visual show which brings goldmining to life. Inspired to try your luck after seeing it? You can pay extra to gold pan in the courtyard - they guarantee gold! The museum also sells pans and a book about gold panning if you want to try recreational gold panning at Goldsborough or further afield in Ross.