Lyttelton Museum

Gladstone Quay
Lyttelton, Canterbury
Lyttelton's museum found an appropriate home in an old building on an historic site. The immigration barracks (long since demolished) which greeted the Canterbury Association settlers in 1850 once stood on the land.

The Seamen's Institute was built as a George V coronation memorial. The foundation stone was laid in December 1911 and the building opened in August 1912. The architect, L. Roy Smith, designed a Classical building with Edwardian Baroque tendencies. The building provided a social hall, library and other facilities for seamen on shore leave, as an alternative to the town's pubs.

The interior was remodeled in 1967 and has accommodated the museum since 1977. - JW

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