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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 4 days ago

If the weather isn't great or your interested in NZ history this is great place to go. The admission is donation and we really enjoyed the Antractica exbhit and the old NZ street.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took my grandchildren along on a Saturday afternoon. It is a very safe environment so you don’t have to worry about the children touching or knocking things over. The displays are very good for young children as they give veiwing access from their height....More

1  Thank Mark R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely little free museum, walkable from city centre. Also the tram tour stops are just in front. Botanical garden is just next door! Nice collection heritage. The Paua shell house has collection of shells and is replicated as it was, is amazing..loved it,

1  Thank Kalindi D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a lovely free museum to visit while in town. We initially had free guide taking us round some of the exhibits; imparting plenty of info along the way. Visited the following day as well looking at the displays ourselves. You can definitely spend...More

1  Thank nickss1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good, 3 stories of absolute historical information. A great way to spend a few hours. This is easily accessible from the Christchurch tram system and admission is free.

1  Thank Crackers H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids always love a visit. Always something new to see. Good cafe. Pity the magic floor has gone from the Discovery area.

1  Thank Wendy E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First off it's free. But the historians have really done some get work displaying the artifacts. My favorite was the decorative arts room, it's made me feel like it's was a Victorian version of the Collector's Room from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Very cool...More

1  Thank edlesch
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my grandson and seeing through his eyes all the things to touch and a ride on the snow mobile.Very well presented of the different eras in Christchurch...

1  Thank Lar54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a great family outing. Lots to see. Kids enjoyed it alot. The bird section is amazing! Best of any museum in nz!!

1  Thank Marietjie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Housed in a beautiful stone building on the edge of the botanical gardens just an easy stroll from the centre of town. There is christchurch streets depicting times gone by .shacktons Antarctic display. Maori life. a selection of birds and Moa with static and interactive...More

1  Thank Lesley B
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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