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Canterbury Museum

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Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's rich cultural and natural history. See rare Maori artefacts and more than 1,000 pāua shells adorning the walls of the famous Pāua Shell House. Walk down the Christchurch...more
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Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed yesterday

Great little museum. Lots to see including a house decorated with 1600 shells in the lounge room. Very moving WW1 exhibit and the walk though 1900s Christchurch street and shops

Thank pjr59
Reviewed yesterday

Great location next to the gardens, tick two things off for the day. Gorgeous building housing so many interesting things. Did find the lay out a little confusing at times even with the map but well worth a couple of hours of wandering around. So...More

Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museum is very well organised and interesting. It is great and didactic both for adults and children. The temporary exhibitions we saw were beautiful!

Thank shiraneh
Reviewed 5 days ago

The layout is confusing, and the maps did not help greatly. Note to New Zealanders - all the maps refer to the entry floor as Level 1, not Ground Floor (the term used around New Zealand). This is no doubt helpful for overseas visitors, less...More

Thank andreajnz
Reviewed 5 days ago

I used to take my under ten kids here regularly on a wet day. The Discovery section is highly interactive and my kids always had a great experience. As a local, I don't go so often but the displays are interesting and would appeal to...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited this museum because of my interest in Antarctica and I was so moved and amazed by their Antarctic exhibit that my camera battery ran out of power from all the photos I took. . I was amazed that they had so many artefacts...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A well-managed museum whit free entry. very interesting cultural history from New Zealand and other parts of the world. My favorite part was about working dogs in Antarctica. Worth a visit and it's nest to the Botanic Gardens.

Thank AnnicaE32
Reviewed 1 week ago

regretfully we only had a couple of hours but this is such a well presented museum but you need a day to enjoy. the staff were great possibly the only negative is the distance between toilet locations

Thank rob C
CantMuseum, Manager at Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the feedback about the toilets but glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is free to enter with donations optional. We found it interesting, educational and enjoyable. It has 2 floors and takes about 2 hours to visit completely. We especially enjoyed the wildlife photographs, the replica town of colonial Christchurch and the colonial clothes. My...More

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CantMuseum, Manager at Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much to see in this museum you could be there for days! There’s something for everyone and there’s everything you could think of. Would highly recommend a visit but make sure you put aside a lot of time to do it all. And even...More

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CantMuseum, Manager at Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you enjoyed your visit. Vicki

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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