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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 2 days ago

We spent a couple of hours here prior to going to the Botanical Gardens. Staff were helpful and very pleaseant

Thank George C
Reviewed 2 days ago

For a $5 donation, this is great value. The building itself is in lovely condition and there was a variety of exhibits, from Maori culture to Fred and Myrtle's house (self-effacing but heartwarming kitsch). I was particularly interested in the Antarctic exhibit and was not...More

Thank Shirotai
Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed visiting this museum. Pay a donation (suggested 5 NZD/person) and learn about the Maori people and the animals from NZ. Also great to see some of NZ's history and even an exhibit on Anctartica.

Thank Worldismyoyster1070
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Some really great exhibits here including Maori artifacts, pioneering history and Antarctic exhibits including a Massey Ferguson tractor that made it to the South Pole. Well worth a look.

Thank Nigel Y
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The museum is very well displayed and offers a good insight into the history of the city and the area with a well balanced colonial and Maori history (in my opinion) would visit again.

Thank Tomielle
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A jewel in Christchurch. A great excursion on a cloudy rainy day. The collection is much more diverse than I’d imagined. A good find. Cheers

Thank Charlie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wide-ranging collection from natural history to contemporary history. Somewhat awkward layout makes it easy to miss a section.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Christchurch museum is just amazing.wow so many things under one roof..great maori culture,traditions..precious historic things are kept in a beautiful way..you can see everything here from past to present..beautifully aranged...i dont have words to explain everything..Must visit place...my all time favourite place...

Thank Amandeep R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

100% informative. We were greeted by staff at the door the moment we walked in. The display is much more than we anticipated for a free museum visit. The old Christchurch Street is the best display for me!

Thank Zac C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent hours combing through the many different areas including Maori history, Christchurch history, Antarctic expeditions and many others. A great old buildind located right next to the botanic gardens and free!

Thank Molly W
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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