Blackball Museum of Working Class History

Blackball Museum of Working Class History , Hart Street (Next to formerly The Blackball Hilton).

The display on the 1908 Blackball strike, a strike which was a trigger for the formation of a national working class political movement in NZ, is available for viewing at any time. A temporary exhibition (two a year) is open in winter, Wednesday to Sunday: 11.30am – 4.00pm, in summer 10.30am- 4.00pm, seven days a week. The current exhibition features the demise of the clothing industry in Greymouth. The next industry focuses on the Care Industry from a lcoal perspective.

The Workers Memorial Wheel, created in partnership with the Pike River families is open at all times.

The Museum collects artefacts of consequence to NZ Labour History, and is beginning both an on-site and an off-site schools programme suitable for Years 7-10.

Enquiries about off-site schools programme to: or to the Shantytown educational programme


The Museum was regional winner of the Trustpower Community Awards, 2010 and has featured in Heritage Matters and a recent international scholarly book on working class heritage.


The Museum hosts annual Mayday and Labour Day events.