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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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"paua house"
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"new zealand"
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"penny farthing"
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"shell house"
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"antarctic exhibit"
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"natural history"
in 35 reviews
"discovery room"
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"free entry"
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"great exhibits"
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"botanical gardens"
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"nz history"
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"couple of hours"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The people working at the museum were really friendly, welcoming and helpful. The exhibits were informative and interesting. It’s free and you can take pictures. It’s a great rainy day activity.

Thank Charlotte P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited during a wet and windy day in Christchurch. Most of the exhibits were not that interesting. The National Geographic top 50 photos was fantastic. The WW1 stuff was good too.

Thank AnanB
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is good take and has a set of diverse exhibits. They include early settlement day, natural history, war time and some more timely. When I went there was a 50 best National Geographic photo exhibit. The gift shop here is well stocked with some...More

Thank Winter M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A free museum with much to offer. Staff very friendly and helpful. I was lucky enough to be there for a National Geographic show which was excellent, but the museum had a great deal more to offer. Very good - would go again.

Thank satisfiedcustomer810
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We only had a bit over an hour when we visited but we were pleasantly surprised at the displays the had and the size of the museum, very nice and interesting.

Thank mefa1984
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Reviewed 3 days ago

So much to see you need more than one day to really absorb all that is to see! Enjoy the hands on exhibits, travelling exhibits and the earthquake restored permanent exhibits.

Thank G K
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A lovely building next to the botanical gardens. The displays are very well presented. We were lucky enough to be there for the 50 Best National Geographic photographs, so interesting. Dont forget to look up, the ceiling is beautiful.

Thank MaxJane
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Some great areas on the peoples of NZ, how the island was formed, it's seismic status, and some social observations through the ages!

Thank Andrew G
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Informative and full of archeological finds. Many displays showing the culture and civility of Maoris prior to European settlement. Easy to wander through gaining much information from each display. Wheelchair friendly.

Thank Nonapama
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a relatively small museum located in the city center, it is free entry. We went to see the National Geographic photography exhibit. There is a nice museum gift shop as well.

Thank AshishGuptasfo
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27 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
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