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 look forward to having a dedicated archive space in the near future and value those working towards making this a reality


Our focus project is restoration of a singleman's hut

Our Local Hero: Richie McCaw


A selection of art works by the children of the Valley

A local history DVD is also running.

Pop in and visit Carron at the Kurow Museum & Information Centre for information, internet access, car registrations, road miles, newspapers, photocopying services, souvenirs and a friendly chat!  

Open 9.30 - 4.00 Monday-Friday and from 11am to 3pm during the weekends.

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