Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum, Christchurch: Hours, Address, Canterbury Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Canterbury Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 paua shells adorning the walls of the famous Paua Shell House. Walk down the Christchurch Street and be transported back in time with the sights and sounds of the city's pioneering days. Discover one of the world's most significant collections from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and discovery. Regular temporary exhibitions.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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gbwarch
Auckland Central, New Zealand36 contributions
Great overnight family trip.
May 2021 • Family
Great experience going on the Tranzalpine. We recommend staying a night in Greymouth if you're going both ways. We had 2 completely different days and the scenery was great on both.
Written 2 May 2021
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Kiwigaff
New Plymouth, New Zealand155 contributions
One of the best
Mar 2021
you have to visit just hop on the tram...a hop on hop tram Museum has wide range of displays so it will take a couple of hours
Written 28 March 2021
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Thank you very much for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed exploring our diverse exhibitions. Yes, both Canterbury Museum and Quake City (our separate, special earthquakes exhibition) are on the tram route, which is very handy! Thanks for visiting. Kind regards, Kate
Written 4 April 2021
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wanderinghedgehogs
53 contributions
Excellent
Mar 2021 • Couples
Fantastic museum with many displays to keep you busy for a good hour or more. It's amazing that it's completely free as well. It's right next to the botanic gardens for a nice stroll afterwards as well.
Written 24 March 2021
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Kia ora! Thank you for your great response to your visit; it's fantastic to hear you enjoyed yourself so much. We're quite proud of the range of permanent displays we have on offer for our visitors and love it when a new exhibition is due to open in our temporary galleries. Be sure to come and see us again next month, as there will be something new in the main temporary space next to the Pāua Shell House! Ngā mihi anō; thank you again. Abbey.
Written 25 March 2021
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Tambonz
Waipu, New Zealand824 contributions
Brilliant museum
Mar 2021 • Couples
A very eclectic and widespread display of artifacts.
Very good Maori and also Chinese parts.
Not quite so sure why a religion is featured as a mosque... Why not Buddhism... Judaism... Christian... I'm not a fan of any religion...
Written 4 March 2021
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aiuyo
New Zealand42 contributions
Great for sunny and rainy days
Mar 2021 • Couples
Free admission, and covers everything from Maori over early European settlers to wildlife and Antarctica. A must-visit!
Written 3 March 2021
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Thank you for visiting and providing such positive feedback! We're so pleased you enjoyed exploring the variety of exhibitions on display here at Canterbury Museum. A veritable house of treasures! Kind regards, Kate
Written 3 March 2021
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Takanini1
Auckland Central, New Zealand70 contributions
Interesting adn worthwhile
Jan 2021
Had a great couple of hours in the museum. The mosque exhibition was wonderful - lots of information and beautiful artwork.
Lots of other things to see and a good few hours worth.
Written 27 January 2021
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We are so pleased you have had a memorable and enjoyable visit to the Museum. We are indeed very fortunate to have on loan these beautiful charcoal drawings of mosques from around the world, commissioned during the 1990s the words are by Wahbi Al-Hariri Rifai (1914 - 1994). The detail is quite extraordinary. We very much appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with others. Kind regards, Donna
Written 30 January 2021
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Howard A
Auckland, New Zealand200 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jan 2021
An interesting selection of artifacts from Christchurch's past. My wife and I were particularly interested in an exhibit about Christchurch's Muslim community. I was very pleased that it did not dwell overly on the mosque massacre but did acknowledge it sensitively. The exhibition was very informative and interesting.
The Paua House which was moved from Bluff is fascinating if a little mad. It reflects a unique piece of New Zealand history and Kiwi attitude.
There were too many stuffed animals for my taste. However, others may enjoy them.
Written 20 January 2021
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Kia ora Howard. It's great to hear you had such a satisfying experience at our museum, and that you particularly enjoyed one of our temporary exhibitions. We're very pleased with the final product of 'Mosque: Faith, Culture, Community' and we worked closely with the local Muslim community to ensure we did develop the exhibition with that sensitivity you mentioned. It's lovely to hear we achieved that, thank you. We're very privileged to have the Pāua Shell House within our museum; it holds such great stories, and memories for many New Zealanders! Our permanent exhibits, particularly our Discovery room where we have the most taxidermied animals on display, act as a form of visual storage to house some of our 1 million + artifacts; a very useful way to store items, but I am sorry to hear there are too many out for your taste. We do try our very best to cater to everyone. Thank you for feedback; we really appreciate it. Kind regards, Abbey
Written 22 January 2021
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simoneshakur
Porirua, New Zealand8 contributions
Christchurch museum review
Jan 2021 • Couples
I took my partner here for his first time recently, and I have been here before. I love this museum! They always have new things everytime I go and it is very rich in culture of Maori, you'll love it and it is a must do activity when visiting christchurch.
Has something for everyone !
Written 9 January 2021
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Oh what lovely feedback, thank you! We do indeed try to offer something for everyone here at Canterbury Museum. Our wide range of exhibitions always includes a few temporary, special topics, like the currently very popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards, Kate
Written 14 January 2021
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WilsonFamilyNz
Pleasant Point, New Zealand529 contributions
Always good
Jan 2021 • Family
Love this place every since was a kid, new things too see all the time, but sad to see them having to apologise for certain things, after all this is history
Written 8 January 2021
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Thank you for your feedback. We love that so many Canterbury folk develop life-long connections to this museum.. We really appreciate your continued support. See you again soon! Kind regards, Kate
Written 14 January 2021
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Ian A
Punakaiki, New Zealand6 contributions
Museum Cafe
Dec 2020
I can't find the Canterbury Museum Cafe on Tripadvisor.

It had the fasted coffee service of our South Island trip, comfortable seating and a nice view of the Botanical Gardens.
Written 31 December 2020
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thank you so much for taking the time to comment on the service in the Museum Cafe, I will certainly ensure it is passed on to them. We are very fortunate to have the Botanical Gardens as our neighbours. Kind regards, Donna
Written 6 January 2021
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