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Quake City

299 Durham Street North | Corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-365 8375
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We really enjoyed the exhibition and certainly opened our eyes to this beautiful city and what has... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Perth, Western Australia
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We were really looking forward to this visit. Having never experienced an earthquake ourselves we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Quake City tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the Canterbury earthquakes. This special exhibition from Canterbury Museum explains the science and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the ground and it bubbled up burying street and sinking buildings. Quake City charts the aftermaths of the September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help – construction workers, the Student Volunteer Army, the Farmy Army – and the incredible resilience of Canterbury’s communities. Exhibition includes some of the objects which have defined the Canterbury earthquakes including the spire of ChristChurch Cathedral and the railway station clocks which stopped at 12.51 pm on 22 February 2011. The rebuild section of the exhibition brings the visitor up to date with progress in regenerating the city and the recovery projects underway.
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299 Durham Street North | Corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-365 8375
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the exhibition and certainly opened our eyes to this beautiful city and what has occurred. We were able to revisit within the week for no extra charge which was great as we came back to watch the doco again

Thank lyndapia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were really looking forward to this visit. Having never experienced an earthquake ourselves we thought it would be a great eye opening experience to visit this museum and find out all about how Christchurch deals with them. Sadly we were let down. The price...More

Thank Lauren92f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an interesting exhibition, looking at the earthquakes in the Christchurch area. There are plenty of exhibits but the most compelling part is the video of personal stories from those that survived the devastating quake in 2011. An interesting place to visit while in...More

Thank nickss1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit to this small exhibition. The 70 min video is the best part and should be watched. Lovely staff too

Thank rudkins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wasn't sure if I would get much out of this visit, but the video with some of the victims and their stories of the day were incredibly moving. Sat through the whole video and couldn't move, it was so compelling.

Thank Avimond
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are some interesting artifacts recovered from the city and videos of as it happened footage but I came out of here a bit disappointed there wasn't more about what the future plans for the city are.

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting here. My daughter (3) was facinated and was very interested in learning about the Maori culture regarding earthquakes. The lego zone was great! We recommended to others who were travelling with us too.

Thank bec8180
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful exhibition, following the 2 quakes from the events themselves through the consequences for people and places. The interactive exhibits are a great addition to the experience.

1  Thank Jean F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Provided some good information on the Quakes, still would have liked a few more photos, videos, displays about the impact and the planning for the future. Feels a bit temporary and incomplete- I think there's a real story to tell here that could be rounded...More

Thank mickraymond
Reviewed 18 September 2017

An excellent portrayal of what it must have been like to experience this, what damage was sustained and how, and how the recovery is happening - it's still going on. Recommended but get there early or you may have to queue.

Thank David W
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31 March 2017|
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Response from Maam3 | Reviewed this property |
There's parking, but it might be a short walk. We didn't' have a car, so it wasn't a concern for us.
4 February 2016|
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Response from kiwi051 | Reviewed this property |
We are coming up to 5 years since the Feb quakes and what a shame you missed going in, especially for $20 (around 9 GBP). This is the closest I hope anyone else would ever get to experience the life changing and... More
11 March 2015|
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Response from kayakbuoy | Reviewed this property |
I don't understand the question I'm afraid!