Founders Heritage Park is a museum in Nelson, New Zealand, housing a number of groups with historical themes, including transport. A short heritage railway line is operated by the Nelson Railway Society. Several shops operate in the museum, selling bakery and other artisan foods, as well as locally-made arts & crafts.
Family attraction: experience life as it was in Nelson in the 1880s to 1930s. Also hire venues for your wedding, meeting or christmas party.
Enjoy the charms of days gone by. Stroll through the character streets, tranquil established gardens and charming village green.
During the summer months take a ride on the train, meet resident artists working in ceramics, wrought iron, stone jewellery and the ancient art of cooperage.
Relax and dine alfresco at the Founders Café Brewery – beer tastings are available.The Park also stages large public events including, March Fest, Evolve, Nelson Growables Garden Fair, and our Queen’s Birthday Book Fair.This historic village is the result of community spirit, the brain-child of a number of Nelson citizens who set up Founders (Inc.) in 1977. It was made possible with initial support from Nelson’s business community. A number of major firms assisted in the construction of historic replica buildings and the donation of original buildings. An extensive historic collection of up to 20,000 items was also donated by Nelson residents, leading to the opening of Founders Heritage Park to the public in 1986.
Nelson City Council took over ownership and management of the park on 1 April 1995.
Exciting arts and crafts made on-site are available at our reception area. The Windmill Founders Store, open 7 days 10am-4.30pm.
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