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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 yesterday

Every time we go to christchurch the canterbury museum is always on our list of things to do. So much to see and never gets boring. Can wander around for ages looking at all the many exhibits & history and finish with a coffee in...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great stop for families. It's free and the museum covers a lot of interesting historical detail pertinent to Christchurch and the local area including native Maori artefacts, as well as, some of the European influences during the course of the early European...More

Thank stannas
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fun place to go for the whole family especially on a cold or rainy day. The kids loved it and discovery world even more.

Thank travelinLyons
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a free Museum that is well worth a visit. Great staff and very helpful. The early Christchurch Street exhibit is worth spending time looking at as are the special exhibits.

Thank Gregkaren123
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited this museum on a cold rainy day in christchurch. Fabulous friendly staff and free entry but you do have to pay for parking.lots of different exhibitions catering to different ages and styles.you could spend a few hours in here especially with children. Great...More

Thank stredhead
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Free museum. Done very well and loads of neat things to see from birds of the area, to clothing, typical street in an old town with "stores" displaying their wares which you can walk through. Also history of the Native people. Just really worth the...More

Thank Nancy L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Such a great museum. I love the history it has from many different cultures. The pre European history and exhibits are a great way to start. And the Antarctic exhibit really is beautiful.

Thank Vance W
Reviewed 5 days ago

The exhibits are outdated, especially the maori exhibits. Insulting to our history, making it look as though maori are extinct!

Thank SarieRoadTrip
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place and it always changes yet still has its original areas that we just love. The old fashion street is our absolute favourite it's like stepping back in time. A large life sized statue of a horse for kids and adults alike...More

Thank nzlisa1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a few different exhibitions to offer. New Zealand history and heritage, an exhibition about the native birds etc as well as some special exhibitions that change regularly. When I visited the museum there was an exhibition about the history of Air New...More

Thank Beblibla
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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