The Akaroa Museum has received a one-off grant of $500,000 from the Government to help with earthquake repair and strengthening work that will allow it to fully reopen next year.
The museum on Banks Peninsula partially reopened in July last year, after its closure a year earlier when it was found to be below standard.
However, most of the museum's exhibition spaces remain closed, awaiting repair and strengthening, and most of its collection is in storage.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Akaroa had become the gateway for many cruise-ship visitors.
She said a fully reopened museum would be a huge boost for the town.