Education Programmes

From the beginning of 2015, the Port Chalmers Maritime Museum will be providing flexible, fun and hands-on programmes for school which can be adapted to suit the needs of individual school parties.  Themed mainly around our maritime heritage, the programmes will have a social studies and technology focus.  Booking will be essential, please contact us.  In the interim, visits by school partier are welcome.

Maritime Reference Library

An extensive reference collection, including the Otago Maritime Society’s reference library, is housed in the Ian Church Archives and Research Center on the first floor of he museum building. Access to the library is by prior arrangement and a reading room is available to visitors. Except in exceptional circumstances, books may not be removed from the building.


The Museum holds a vast collection of archives relating to the social history of Port Chalmers and its environs, together with the maritime history of the Otago Harbour and the coast. The archives are housed in the Ian Church Archives and Research Center on the first floor of the building.

The resources include an electronic data base of information, family and oral histories, personal papers, newspaper clippings, photographs, ship and shipping indexes, cemetery and school records. Researchers and enquirers are welcome and a researchers’ reading room, with internet connections and computer access to the database, is available. Minimal costs apply.

The Museum also holds, for purchase, a collection of locally published books and general visitor souvenirs, postage stamps and memorabilia. Photography inside the museum is permitted but please disable the camera flash.