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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Informative and full of archeological finds. Many displays showing the culture and civility of Maoris prior to European settlement. Easy to wander through gaining much information from each display. Wheelchair friendly.

Thank Nonapama
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a relatively small museum located in the city center, it is free entry. We went to see the National Geographic photography exhibit. There is a nice museum gift shop as well.

Thank AshishGuptasfo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Entered museum 30 minutes before closing and staff was so nice and accommodating. We especially enjoyed the Fred and Myrtle exhibit. Best part was that it was free.

Thank Kulei9397
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I nearly missed this little gem of a museum, but so glad I didn’t. Yes, when you first go in, it looks pretty standard, but don’t let that fool you. This museum has two great exhibits, either of which are worth a visit on their...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We spent an hour or so here. Firstly it is worth mentioning that is is free, yet the standard of exhibits was very high, the museum is well laid out and has some really interesting sections such as the history of Christchurch and the region....More

Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great museum to visit. There is a lot to see and you need a good amount of time to do it. Or do it in stages. There is something for everyone.

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Canterbury Museum is one of the biggest museums I have been to! It is absolutely amazing to learn about the Maori culture as well as the early settlers' lives. I was taken aback by the amount of history that Canterbury has in a short...More

Thank ymyshkov
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great museum and adjacent to the botanical gardens so combine the 2! It's free of charge as well (or entry for gold coin donation) Finish with some dinner or coffee in town!

Thank dorinab407
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stopped in the museum unplanned shortly before it closed. We went through quickly and saw they had some beautiful exhibits. Also the building itself is quite grand. Terrific staff. Certainly worth a more leisurely visit than we had time for

Thank tammy l
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worthwhile a visit to this museum. Good coffee shop with Wi-fi to rest up after a wander about. Lots of room, lots to see

Thank Tekyinblack
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26 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