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Rutherford's Den

2 Worcester Boulevard | Christchurch Arts Centre, Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-363 2836
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Very eductional and informative

Good rainy day location proximate to Botanic gardens worth a visit with family as many interactive... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Alexander M
Education for the young and old

A new addition in Christchurch since the earthquake is the Rutherford's Den. place where the young... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
pretblueye
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2 Worcester Boulevard | Christchurch Arts Centre, Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Good rainy day location proximate to Botanic gardens worth a visit with family as many interactive and learning exhibits of things that changed the future

Thank Alexander M
Management response:

Thank you for your response. We take great pleasure in providing interactive and learning exhibits aimed at the entire family. Thank you for your visit and we hope to see you again sometime soon.

Reviewed 5 February 2017

A new addition in Christchurch since the earthquake is the Rutherford's Den. place where the young and old can learn about atoms, and ions and other science related things from the past. It's not a big place and would take maybe 2 hours top but...More

Thank pretblueye
Management response:

Thank you for reviewing Rutherford's Den. We are pleased you found something educational and interesting for all ages. With regards to the lack of lift/elevator, during the restoration we were not allowed to retrofit one as the building is a Historic Place Category 1. We...More

Reviewed 3 January 2017

A good way to spend an hour on a rainy afternoon. Well presented interactive displays, and an interesting overview of one of New Zealand's most influential people. My 16 year old son did not want to go in, but I found him engrossed in many...More

Thank MichelleF325
Management response:

We at Rutherford's Den are very glad you enjoyed your time at the Den, and are very pleased to hear your son found it interesting too. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I would have gave this Very Good or Excellent but I don't think it is worth $20pp. Lots of boards explaining the history. Some are interactive. The old lecture theatre is awesum to see.More

Thank TheSnakebite
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Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den. We are sorry you didn't think it was worth the $20 entry fee. As an independent charitable trust we look for ways of raising money for the $35 million restoration and rebuild cost of the building and exhibits, including...More

Reviewed 16 September 2016

Building a tourist attraction based on the work of a Nobel laureate might seem like a hard ask, but Rutherford's Den in its new incarnation (post-earthquakes) makes a great attempt at making science & mathematics lively. Not all the exhibits were working or clearly explained...More

Thank zhuhai2007
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Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. We are sorry to hear that some of the exhibits were not working for you. We did have some early teething problems last year but now are fully up and running. The...More

Reviewed 25 August 2016

Rutherford Den is opening following Christchurch earthquake repairs. It has had a total makeover to include interactive displays modelled on modern museum science. Earnest Rutherford attended this college during the 1890s starting his work to ultimately understand the atom. His fame was ensured when attending...More

1  Thank Bikingroy
Management response:

Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den and the wonderful review. We are very pleased you like the exhibit and encourage you to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 24 July 2013

Amazing place with holographs and the lecture theaters that were used when Rutherford was studying there. I love this place.More

1  Thank nglenjarman
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Thank you for your review of Rutherford's Den, which you correctly said was damaged during the 2011 earthquake. However, the Den has now been fully restored and renovated with modern electronic exhibits and displays. We at the Den encourage you to come back and revisit...More

Reviewed 24 April 2012

Art Centre was badly damaged in earthquakes so there is not access to this attraction at present.More

1  Thank Deltaprime
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Rutherford's Den has now been completely restored and renovated with state of the art exhibits, such as interactive touch screens, all aimed at bringing the life and work of Ernest, Lord Rutherford to life. We encourage you to come and visit Rutherford's Den which is...More

Reviewed 26 March 2012

a great effort to display and tell the story of Rutherford.

1  Thank amhere
Reviewed 30 December 2008

This was the highlight of my visit to Christchurch as I am a Science person. It is great to see the place that this genius of NZ lived and worked. There are replica of his living quarter and working places, demonstrating display of some of...More

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