Founders Heritage Park

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Main street with old shops

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.


Founders Heritage Park was set up largely by community effort via Founders Inc. in 1977 and opened to the public in 1986. The buildings it houses are a mix of donated original buildings and historic replicas constructed with the help of local companies. Most of the historic collections have been donated by Nelson residents.[1]

The ownership and management of the park transferred to Nelson City Council in 1995. The park also hosts events such as craft and book fairs.

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Coordinates: 41°15′42″S 173°17′49″E / 41.26167°S 173.29694°E / -41.26167; 173.29694