Kurow Museum

Kurow Museum is the National Museum of Social Security. 

Visit to learn the story of the ‘Three Wise Men’ who witnessed the hardship and saw the necessity for a scheme to help families in need.

The first people to settle in the Waitaki Valley were the Waitaha who used a reed ‘boat’ called a mokihi to navigate the wild Waitaki River. Call in to Kurow Museum to see the replica mokihi made by the late Rangi Te Maiharoa—a descendant of the Waitaha.

Our Museum is staffed by volunteers and managed by volunteers. Our collection is only as good as the objects gifted by the community. We now have a dedicated archive space.


Our Local Hero: Richie McCaw

Exhibit: The old and new Upper Waitaki Bridges that cross the mighty Waitaki at Kurow

Campbell Park through Time: a mainly pictorial review of the many stories of Otekaieke Estate and the Special School at Campbell Park

A local history DVD is also running.

Pop in and visit the Kurow Museum & Information Centre for information, internet access, car registrations, road miles, newspapers, photocopying services, souvenirs, accommodation bookings, activity bookings, A2O gear and a friendly chat!  

Open 9am - 4pm Monday-Friday

Phone (03) 436 0950.  57 Bledisloe Street (PO Box 56, Kurow)