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Canterbury Museum

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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
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Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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"paua house"
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"air nz"
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"antarctic exhibit"
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"natural history"
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"discovery room"
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"free entry"
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"great exhibits"
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"botanical gardens"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love Museums and while this isn't a big Museum it still gave me the thrill I get when I visit one. No entry fee but a donation is appreciated and you can donate via eftpos. Botanica gardens right next door and tour group pick...More

Thank Rebecca S
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A great place for the whole family, while kids get to enjoy the interactive room adults can walk around. Two VR stations and amazing places to play in! Recommend it so much! So fun for everyone and make sure to order the caramel milkshake in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a good few hours in the museum on our visit. Very informative and quite interactive- I particularly liked the old fashioned street!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit here.especially the setting of the old street and of course the kids loved to climb on the horse.good facilities..gift shop,cafe,restrooms,and on the tram stop.botanical gardens right next door. Easy to spend a day doing both!

Thank Genevieve S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It would take a very long time to see all the exhibits. The staff were friendly and helpful. We particularly liked the displays about the original inhabitants.

Thank YLisette
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a great museum with loads of interactivity. We were only able to stay for an hour and it flew by. Barely scratched the surface. It is also a free attraction which makes it impossible to miss in my opinion. Be sure to leave a...More

Thank Ben H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful exhibition of indigenous tribes and also an expansive exhibit of all who served in WW1. Highly recommend!

Thank MarieH6636
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We has only a short time to explore this museum, but what we found was excellent. Both natural and human history.

Thank Bomma55
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are so many different exhibitions that will appeal to both adults and children. We loved the replica street with all the old shops and the war exhibitions were very moving. Would really recommend this and its free which is amazing.

Thank Annette P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well situated next to Botanical Gardens, and within easy walking distance to a number of other nearby attractions. City tour hop on / off bus route basically to front door. Museum has a broad collection of interesting material from dinosaur period, and a very good...More

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d171Hd
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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