We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“paua house” (72 reviews)
“air nz” (44 reviews)
“new zealand” (251 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
Write a Review
Reviews (1,816)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,816 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely photo display on at present of Japanese tattoo art. Always nice to wander through the museum. Lots of interactive things for children to enjoy

Thank DJW20
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is such a wonderful museum! The layout is splendid and the Antarctic section is a clear favourite. Strongly recommended.

Thank reginaphalanges
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There's a certain pleasantness about this museum. It's not only in a beautiful old stone building bordering the famous Botanic Gardens but it offers an easy, we'll set out way of learning about the history of Christchurch and Antarctic exploration but also has sections on...More

Thank Old V
Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent a couple of hours wandering around the various exhibits ,at the time we went the Air NZ exhibition was on which was exceptional. Lots to see with informative and friendly staff , free entry.

Thank BWandJW
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a museum you can keep coming back to. I really enjoy the Antarctic section, and the early Maori artefacts which contrast well with the Victorian street. Great for children's education.

Thank Tenorman41
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent about an hour in the museum, although you could stay much longer. It was a great mix of artifacts, art, ceramics, etc. The museum seems very kid friendly as well. The temporary exhibit about Japanese tattoos was our favorite part.

Thank Hannah R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always an interesting place to visit. Has new special exhibits from time to time and a special children's area.

Thank GSL2
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum is my daughters favourite place to visit. A donation as entrance and plenty to see and do. Better if there is an exhibition on. Just be aware that street parking can be scarce at times and expensive

Thank Lily071
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Canterbury Museum is well worth a visit. It is easily accessible with excellent exhibits. The Antarctic Section is outstanding as is the interactive section for children. An extremely interesting and absorbing place to visit.

Thank Pete B
Reviewed 1 week ago

a must see for all ages. Usually meseums are ................well this is different, Great exhibitions and something for everyone . You will love it

Thank woodybear10
Nearby Restaurants
Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar
1,060 reviews
.30 km away
Curator's House Restaurant
371 reviews
.21 km away
The Villas
571 reviews
.31 km away
Cook'n' With Gas
313 reviews
.18 km away
Nearby Attractions
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
4,506 reviews
.55 km away
Avon River
428 reviews
.18 km away
Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
229 reviews
.21 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How long do I need to fully explore Canterbury Museum?
26 January 2016|
Answer Show all 8 answers
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