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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As locals we've visited the Canterbury Museum countless times, especially given that it is so handy to other attractions such as the Arts Centre and Botanical gardens. We visited this time because we were aware that it had a display of the top National Geographic...More

Thank Gavin H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely museum with varied and interesting collections. Currently hosting the National Geographic 50 Best Photographs exhibition which was stunning. Thoroughly recommended!

Thank westwalesfoodie
Reviewed 2 days ago

Came across the museum after walking through Hagley park. Lots to see and do for people of all ages. The Antarctic exhibition and the World War1 exhibition were superb. Lots of different rooms with plenty to explore.

Thank Richard T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Thought provoking well balanced view of life in the Christchurch and surrounding areas, from pioneering times right through to the 21st century. An excellent venue for the whole family. We enjoyed it thoroughly.

Thank iangreen2016
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent two hours in here. Could have spent longer. Very informative with lots to read and see of local culture and MAori culture. You should go here. I get what the author is saying below, but they've been spoilt. The British museum in London,...More

Thank sptheaussie
Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed this Museum. It was a great time waster.there were plenty of things to look at and the children especially loved the kids room! We spent about an hour in there. Fantastic that you can enjoy it at no charge.

Thank sophrose2017
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a great museum. First of all it is free. 2 big floors, we were in there for over an hour, easily could have been 2 hours. A must stop. Then you can walk the Botanical gardens, or just kick back and watch people.

Thank Edward V
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great, free museum. It gave a fairly full account of the South Island history and culture that could all be absorbed in a short space of time. It wasn’t too busy. It was a much smaller version of the Te Papa in...More

Thank Aequitas6
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

For a main attraction in the country’s second largest city this museum could try to be more engaging. With the exception of the First World War exhibition most of the exhibitions are static and poorly presented. The Canterbury Street scene could be brought alive very...More

Thank Nigtay62
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Most fab free mesuem in the southern hemisphere. Currnetly has several art exhibitions as well. Fantastic

Thank Mary Ann O
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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