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Rutherford's Den

2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-363 2836
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Astonishing history

I had heard of Rutherford and his work on atoms but I had no idea how really really important he... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
John K
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Good short display makes good use of interactive elements

It's an interesting subject to show in his old den - although the actual den is a bit of an... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2017
mrdom
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Arts Centre's newest attraction, Rutherford's Den - an historic space dedicated to the science of New Zealand's most famous scientist. Ernest, Lord Rutherford, the moustached man on the $100 note, began his education in the very rooms that Rutherford's Den is located. Visitors get to experience not only the historic features of the rooms, but brand new state-of-the-art exhibits as they learn about the science of Rutherford and his peers. The transformation of Rutherford's Den cost $2m and, as an independent charity, the Arts Centre will use some of the money from ticket sales to help pay for this - plus refresh it in future. Online ticketing is now available or you can buy tickets at the on-siteshop.
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2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

I had heard of Rutherford and his work on atoms but I had no idea how really really important he was until I visited this exhibition. All kiwis and tourists will be amazed to learn how important he was through this impressive display. It’s interactive...More

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Denshop, Visitor Co-ordinator at Rutherford's Den, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for reviewing Rutherford's Den. We are pleased you had fun in our museum, and learned about the important discoveries Rutherford made during his scientific career! Thank you for your visit, we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

It's an interesting subject to show in his old den - although the actual den is a bit of an afterthought at the end of the display. Good for getting kids interested in nuclear physics and it does multimedia displays better than most do now,...More

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Denshop, Visitor Co-ordinator at Rutherford's Den, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den. We are pleased you were impressed with our interactive multimedia displays, over the three floors of the museum. We aim to engage with as wide an age range of visitors as possible into the world of physics, and with...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely little museum with very keen, enthusiastic and helpful staff. Really well laid out with lots of interactive exhibits. Interesting information about Rutherford’s life and the people who influenced him/worked with him but without overload. Our 3 year old enjoyed the interactive play and making...More

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Denshop, Rutherford's Den Staff at Rutherford's Den, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2017

Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den! We are pleased you enjoyed our museum and that your three year old was entertained by our interactive exhibits. Thanks again for visiting Rutherford's Den, we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Rutherford is one person all New Zealanders should know at least something about his life and work, and this exhibit is just the thing to do it.More

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Management response:Responded 30 May 2017

Thank you for your great review of Rutherford's Den. We too are very proud of our Kiwi scientist, his work, and the influence he had on other scientists! We'd like to welcome and encourage all Kiwis, and those from overseas, to visit and learn about...More

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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

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Management response:Responded 4 March 2017

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.

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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

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Management response:Responded 16 February 2017

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

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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

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Management response:Responded 23 January 2017

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.

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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

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Management response:Responded 23 January 2017

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

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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

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Management response:Responded 23 January 2017

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

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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

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Management response:Responded 23 January 2017

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.

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