Quake City

Quake City, Christchurch: Hours, Address, Quake City Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 Christ Church Cathedral and the clocks from the former railway station.
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LynB1
Auckland Central, New Zealand104 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Very interesting indeed - but allow plenty of time to take it all in, especially the video interviews with people affected by the quakes. We thought two hours would be plenty but they had to ask us to leave after three hours, as they were closing!
Written 15 May 2022
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Janine L
Havelock North, New Zealand246 contributions
Mar 2022
From the first hand viewpoints of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary situation to the photos, and the technical information of the mechanics of an earthquake, including why chimneys fall down and how this can be prevented, this exhibition is very personal and very powerful.
Written 20 March 2022
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Kia ora Janine, Thank you for visiting us at Quake City and also for taking time to leave your review. Do you know that you are probably the first person to mention the chimneys falling, in their review? Prior to these earthquakes it seemed strange to look at an old house without a chimney. Today it is the opposite !! They are few and far between. Regards - Paul
Written 18 April 2022
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Superpear
Ashburton, New Zealand1,341 contributions
Mar 2022
This is an important museum to visit to understand the history and why the Christchurch landscape is now as it looks. But both my wife and I came away feeling there was so much more that could have been told or shown. Being in recent times there is a huge archive of video and photos that could have shown the extent of the destruction, maps to show the extent of liquifaction affected areas, how the cordon was patrolled, where did all the rubble go, and just some of the incredible images we were seeing on the news when it happened. I know space is limited in this museum, but I feel this is an opportunity missed.
Written 19 March 2022
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BevTonyAuckland
Auckland, New Zealand116 contributions
Feb 2022
Staff at reception were great in providing additional explanations around the impact of older buildings.
The format of Quake City is very realistic
Written 20 February 2022
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Kia ora, Thanks for visiting us at Quake City and for you review. I'm pleased that one of our staff was able to add that bit extra for you, and will pass that on. Kind regards - Paul
Written 5 March 2022
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Paul and Nikki
Sunnynook, New Zealand40 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Extremely interesting and emotional. Having not been to Christchurch for 30 years, seeing and hearing what the good folk went through was well worth the time. Plan to spend a couple of hours there
Written 4 February 2022
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Kia ora, thank you for visiting us at Quake City and also for taking time to leave a review. You will have noticed quite a different city from you last visit ! It is good to see so many of the empty spaces being built on again. Regards - Paul - Quake City
Written 13 February 2022
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ballyjune
Auckland Central, New Zealand29 contributions
Jan 2022
A must see for anyone visiting Christchurch. Might be a bit scary for younger kids. Wish I had more time to watch the full reel of video stories. Is it available on youtube? Wonderful that people were willing to share their stories. I hadn't heard of liquification before now, explained well.
Written 24 January 2022
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Kia ora, Thanks for taking time to leave a review of Quake City, we really appreciate it. I grew up in this part of New Zealand and can also say I hadn't heard of liquefaction either. I think education about the country's susceptibility was not something we received at school. That has changed today. Always good to be prepared. The 12:51 interviews are powerful. We are very lucky that these people felt able to tell their stories so soon. And it is great that so many of them have come back ten years later to update us on their lives since. I know that if you look up '12:51 interviews', on the internet, you should be able to find access to this somewhere. Regards - Paul
Written 29 January 2022
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Jess H
Tauranga, New Zealand103 contributions
Jan 2022
quake city is worth it if your interested in learning about the history of the last decade and the damages caused by the quakes. The staff are lovely too and there's so much info to learn about it all! Quite cheap for a good hour or so it took to look through.
Written 18 January 2022
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Kia ora, Thank you for visiting us at Quake City and for you kind review. It's is great to see the staff mentioned as well as the actual exhibition. Always good to know we are doing a good job. regards - Paul
Written 29 January 2022
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Irena NZ
Whangaparaoa, New Zealand7 contributions
Jul 2021
We only had an hour to spend here but could've spent a whole lot longer. It was a perfect place to take our kids to show them the effects that the earthquakes had in Canterbury. They could learn about earthquakes and hear the stories of those that went through the quakes, and then updates from the same people 10 years on. They had some interactive activities too. Perfect timing for us as they had a discount on entry during the school holidays too.
Written 2 September 2021
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Jacques
10 contributions
Jul 2021
We went to visit Quake City, expecting to spend an hour there with our two young teenage daughters. WE were there for 2.5 hours. Firstly, the two ladies at the front desk were the most friendly and helpful people we have ever met. Told us all the tips, great with our girls. The displays inside were fascinating, and we all got stuck into the Lego table where we started building our own new iodeas for buildings in Christchurch. A must visit for all ages.
Written 16 August 2021
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Kia ora, Many thanks for your kind review of Quake City. Two and a half hours is a pretty spectacular visit length. Thank also for mentioning the staff. It is always nice to hear that you are doing a good job. Regards - Paul - Quake City
Written 18 September 2021
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Steffen C
Christchurch, New Zealand94 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Well worth a visit. Friendly staff.
Very interesting and notable exibition. Even good for children with several interactive features.
Written 29 July 2021
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