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Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's rich cultural and natural history heritage. Rare Maori artefacts and the stories behind them will fascinate you. See the famous Paua Shell House recreated in the Museum. Walk down the Christchurch Street and be transported back in time with the sights and sounds of pioneering days. Discover the heroic age of exploration and discovery in the Antarctic subcontinent.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

like an encyclopedia , growing up in CHCH have spent hundreds of hours here, learning and remembering, Wheelchair Friendly

Thank WilsonFamilyNz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been several times and always found something new. Great learning opportunities for all ages. Centrally placed and easy to find. Learn more about New Zealand by visiting the museum. Will be visiting again when I return. Recommended!

Thank RobBeardsworth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for the guided tour at 330pm on Thursday. The guide told us stories about the Moa, the Māori people which got me really intrigued by their heritage and culture, the expeditions to the Antarctic and his favorite barber who was a failed politician. Amazing...More

Thank Cassandra T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small museum, nestled alongside the Botanic Gardens on the edge of the city. Well run with friendly and informative staff with some interesting exhibits and a couple of photo opportunities for children and families. Gift shop has interesting items for sale but I found...More

Thank SBH1666
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Consider you are in Christchurch, not a huge city and certainly not with limitless funding, and you have to applaud the work done on the Canterbury Museum to keep it relevant and appealing to all ages and cultures. Interactive stuff for kids, antarctic area that...More

Thank KiwiKev2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited museums in Wellington, we were wonderfully surprised by the quality of this relatively small place, which contained a number of great exhibits. The Paua Shell House exhibit was brilliant...

Thank Pierre267
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited with a four year old and we had lots of fun exploring all the different rooms. She kept asking me "What's next". Love the diversity of displays and the interactive discovery room for children. This was a great activity for a wet afternoon.

Thank April N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best museums we've seen - world wide. Maori history was beautifully and professionally covered, Antarctic exploration detailed in full, earthquake devastation covered (in a different venue) and so much more.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chch had done a great job putting together this Museum. Was a wonderful experience!! Highly reccommend.

Thank JodyG81
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to spend time with. Great collection, stunning environment. Is a must visit place. It is free entry!

Thank diane C
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26 January 2016|
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Response from Kathryn H | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I'd say at least 2-3 hours. Although I love history, I prefer to do museums in chunks otherwise, everything starts blending together. Maybe spend a little time there, then do one of the open bus tours which begin... More