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Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: 108 Gala St, Invercargill, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-219 9069
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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Very interesting, good for a wet day. Cafe a bit expensive though. Everything from natural history to exploration of the local islands.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting, good for a wet day. Cafe a bit expensive though. Everything from natural history to exploration of the local islands.

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't not go here. This place is amazing. A lot of culture and history here and of course you can't miss seeing Henry the Tuatara. Hes magnificent.

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Thank Princess P P
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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is a smallish venue but manages to offer a quick guide to the local history and art trends. The exhibitions are changed fairly regularly but the rest of the museum stays fairly set. An interesting place to take junior school-age children. Not bad for adults who are doing a first time trip.

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Thank Nicole O
Exeter, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A number of interesting displays.The first one by local children which had their interpretation of the Icebergs off Dunedin, stick maps, and collages. This made the room very colourful and striking. Good to see children involved. Other displays of by gone weddings and photographs. Plus a lot of local history. Last but not least local hero Burt Munro

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Thank Michael A
Christchurch, New Zealand
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60 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to the musuem on other visits to Invercargill. This time we were looking for family names amongst the displays and even happened to find one. One of its native sons is Burt Munro of "world's fastest Indian" fame. There's a permanent display of his bikes and life. In addition to their heritage themes, the musuem is home to... More 

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Thank Kiwi_rua
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this museum, they had some great exhibitions which were well curated and told their stories well. Particularly enjoyed the exhibition on the sub Antarctic islands.

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Thank Catherine G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to backpack though. Leave your bags and check out the museum and surrounding area. Central place for buses and trips to Stewart Island. Excellent cafeteria and resonable prices. And best of all admission is free for the museum.

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Thank j_slums
Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

So many great things happening at the museum at any one time. Love it. Needs modernised though and iSite staff aren't overly friendly.

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Thank Anony M
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Museum on the edge of Queen's Park. Good focus on local issues, including the perils of the Southern Ocean. Many (especially kids) think the tuataras are the highlight.

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Thank Dave W
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Mostly coffee shop and gift shop. It looked tired and old. I wasn't overly impressed. As a stop off point for every visitor to the deep south I expected more to impress the newcomers. It had no personality.

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