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.
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Amanda Pope
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Good half day christchruch museum
Good exhibitions ,and Christchruch town very good. Shelton exhibition is very good
Written 4 May 2022
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Ed R
Blenheim, New Zealand735 contributions
Feb 2022
NZ really does have some excellent museums.
On arrival we were greeted and given a lot of information from the extremely friendly and personable staff member.
We saw all the exhibits in a couple of hours. A good range of stuff centred on NZ and the Antarctic and also some very good temporary exhibits when we were there.
Kid-friendly - the discovery looked very well set out.
Written 7 February 2022
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peperi
Auckland Central, New Zealand221 contributions
Jan 2022
We could've spent more time at the museum especially if we were to go archive diving to trace family connections to the city. However, the exhibits are presented in a clear and easily followed manner with easily followed explanations and descriptions. Well worth visiting. The museum follows the covid alert level processes which adds extra reassurance to the visit during the pandemic.
Written 8 January 2022
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,329 contributions
Jan 2022
I love this museum very much, one of the best museums in my mind! It is a must to go if you visit Christchurch!
The building itself looks grand and fantastic!
Admission is free and you may make donation.
There are sooooo many things to see! The different areas offer different theme, such as mummy, animals, costume and so on. You will not feel bored at all inside. So, a few hours should be reserved for the visit.
The museum is suitable for all ages!
There is no parking for the guests. You need to park off street.
Written 4 January 2022
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Rose W
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand9 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fantastic museum for a raining day. Abby was so helpful too, really enjoyed talking to her. Outstanding customer service. The museum had lots of different exhibits.
Written 14 September 2021
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Thank you so much for visiting the museum and sharing such positive feedback! We're delighted that you enjoyed our diversity of exhibitions and received such outstanding assistance from Abbey. Our knowledgable visitor host team go the extra mile to help our visitors enjoy their time here, so we're deeply encouraged by your comments. Do come again! Kind regards, Kate
Written 23 September 2021
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MoCoNZ24
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
Jul 2021
We popped in to see the current 'Galileo: Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary' exhibition, which is really worth going to. Very hands on with wonderful working models that you can try & realise his genius. But all of the museum was worth visiting & the 6 year old with us enjoyed herself as much as her grandparents did. Especially when she got to build a 3D dinosaur that was as tall as she was. Will be sure to check in here again on future trips. Super helpful & friendly staff too.
Written 4 August 2021
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Oh we are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed yourselves so much on your recent visit to us. We enjoy nothing more than watching inter-generational groups exploring the Museum galleries. Thank you so much for mentioning our Visitor Host team, without exception every one has as their only goal, ensuring the enjoyment of every Visitor. We hope to welcome you back again very soon. Kind regards, Donna
Written 9 August 2021
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a1otus
New Plymouth, New Zealand21 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a great place with loads to see, it's well presented and hugely varied. Antiquities, an Egyptian mummy, stuffed birds and animals, kinetic stuff to show how Galileo and the old thinkers worked things out, Maori artefacts and displays, old costumes and dresses, a complete area with a street dedicated to 'old' New Zealand, historical stuff - this museum really does have everything and is much bigger than you think it is. Allow a good few hours to see everything
Written 3 July 2021
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Thank you so much for your wonderfully, enthusiastic review. Some people have said the Museum is a little like Dr Who's tardis and once you are inside it is so much bigger than it looks from outside. We hope you will visit us again one day. Kind regards, Donna
Written 26 July 2021
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S & B
Australia49 contributions
Jun 2021
Lots of interesting exhibits, which were well displayed. Nice building. The staff were very pleasant.
Written 24 June 2021
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Thank you, Brian, for your positive review of Canterbury Museum. We're so pleased you found much of interest here, and we're delighted that you received a warm welcome from our staff. Yes, we are most fortunate to be located in this wonderful heritage building, with the core building opening to museum visitors in 1870! Thank you for visiting. Kind regards, Kate
Written 27 June 2021
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gbwarch
Auckland Central, New Zealand36 contributions
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
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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