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You can't miss the pretty little house that is the pride and joy of the Akaroa Museum. A tiny weatherboard cottage , painted soft aqua green with a white picket fence and tumbling pink roses, it a absolute charmer. This is the Langlois Eleveneaux Cottage , built for one of the original French pioneers of Akaroa. Viewing access to the cottage is through the main museum building next door, and this is where you should start your visit.
The museum tells the story of Akaroa and the region around, its Maori origins, the wild days of the sealers and whalers, those first French (and German) settlers and the English and Scotsmen who followed. There are displays of the natural history of the area and a an excellent audio-visual presentation to put it all into perspective.
The Langlois Eleveneaux Cottage is furnished in period style ( no entry - you look through large glass panels).
Two other historic buildings house more of the collection - the Courthouse (next door to the museum - access again is through the main building) and the little red-roofed Customs House on Daly's Wharf.
The museum has wheelchair access. There is a small shop. Guided tours are available, otherwise, pick up a museum brochure. Signage and information throughout is excellent.
Address: 71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Directions: Open: 10.30am-4.30pm Summer, 10.30am-4pm Winter
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