Opened in 1999, the Gore Historical Museum is housed in the Hokonui Heritage Centre alongside the Hokonui Heritage Research Centre.
Focusing on the history of Eastern Southland and the Mataura River Valley, attractive displays include early costume and textiles, Victoriana, gold recovery, farming relics, fishing memorabilia, and domestic and medical memorabilia. A wide range of items and information cover the arrival of southern Maori, early European settlers, and the resulting enterprise that made the district unique. The museum celebrates Gore's social history and provides an enjoyable visitor experience for all ages.
An added service to those with a hands-on interest in local history, the research centre attached to the museum houses a significant collection of historical books, photographs and newspapers pertaining to local history. In addition, the Gore Genealogists collection of national and international family history records plus an extensive cemeteries database are available for use by researchers for a small fee.
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