Must-See Museums in Queenstown
Located alongside shimmering Lake Wakatipu with a magnificent mountain backdrop, Queenstown is better known for its outdoor adventures than its museums. However, artistically minded travelers will find plenty to enjoy in the sweet smattering of local galleries. Here’s where to go to get your art on.
Odyssey Sensory Maze
Make your way through the dozen unique sensory zones that make up this mystery maze. Special lighting effects, unusual scents, optical illusions, and dark spaces challenge and entertain older kids and adults.
**How to Visit:**Prebook your admission to save time and money.
Queenstown Arts Centre
Check out contemporary visual art by local artists in a variety of mediums at this community-based gallery and art studio. In a former high school, the gallery rotates exhibits on a monthly basis. Visit artists at work; take a class; or purchase a painting, a sculpture, or some jewelry or textiles.
**How to Visit:**Stop by on a private walking tour of Queenstown.
The Ivy Box
Set alongside the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu, this little gem on Park Street is worth a browse. The art collection is small but excellent, and the gallery—housed in a former butcher shop—is a welcoming space for all visitors.
**How to Visit:**Take a short, scenic walk to the gallery from downtown Queenstown, or rent a bike and cycle the Queenstown Trail.
Ivan Clarke Gallery
This whimsical gallery features a variety of art by its namesake. Admire the dramatic New Zealand landscapes—and don’t miss the Lonely Dog collection. Art, books, and cards are for sale.
**How to Visit:**Pass by the gallery on a small-group Segway tour, and stop by later.