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Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: 108 Gala St, Invercargill, New Zealand
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+64 3-219 9069
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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Constantly changing and evolving event centre.

This is an excellent Museum with constantly changing events and historic displays and works of local artists and schools. The Pyramid Cafe is first rate and the Museum Shop and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an excellent Museum with constantly changing events and historic displays and works of local artists and schools. The Pyramid Cafe is first rate and the Museum Shop and regional i-Site Information Centre make it a great place to visit any time of the year.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Southland Museum and Art Gallery (SMAG, really!) had me right from the word 'go'. They happened to have a WOW (World of Wearable Arts) exhibition on when I chanced upon it as a day visitor to Invercargill. Irresistable, with trinkets in the shop to make me remember the visit. Now that I am living in Invercargill I love that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly enjoyable museum with a great exhibit on the sub-antarctic islands that below to New Zealand.

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I found the exhibits related to New Zealand's subantactic very interesting. I also enjoyed seeing the tuatara that the Museum have been breeding over a number of years. These were both a pleasant surprise for me. Before or after visiting the Museum, it is really worthwhile to make some time to walk around the wonderful Queens Park.

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Thank DavidMac_12
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One a wet Invercargill day we decided to pop down to the museum as we were visiting Invercargill and hasn't been there before. Even though it's a little museum to what we are used to it did have more then a few very interesting exhibits eg the wedding room, tuatara breeding enclosure, art gallery area and the Victorian wing. Dosent... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were told we could see Henry the Tuatara approximately 130 years old looks like a lizard but they are not! We were lucky enough to hear the curator talking about them and were able to touch one a get great photos. The museum is very good with lots of interesting exhibits.very good coffee shop in the foyer for great... More 

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised at just how much this museum has to offer. Lots on history and nature as well as maritime events including a 'moving' ship from a shipwreck. Great taxidermy and of course the Tuatara exhibit is wonderful.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was wonderful to visit this venue and see that it is available to everyone as there was no entry fee to the museum. There was a good exhibit of Tuatara's which was very interesting and well set out. The other information in the museum although very interesting, did not take long to go through. Glad we went even though... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have run out of things to do and you have time then I'd recommend going, however there isn't too much here. Would be good for little kids, however I wouldn't go out of my way to go if there were other things to do instead.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The museum in Invercargill, is something to be proud of , it constantley has new things on display , i loved when they show cased wedding dress from a few hundred years ago up to now ,it was lovely,also the normal displays that are always there,are so interesting , no matter how many times you visit ,you never lose interest,... More 

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