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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
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Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I went here twice during my 4 days in Christchurch. Very informative, entry is free but gold coin donation appreciated. The Paui shell house has to be seen to be believed. There were Coalport vases from my old place of work, great exhibits.

Thank Cathy V
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Reviewed 3 days ago

although not a museum lover i was impressed with this one. entrance was free but a big box stated with "donation recommended" was placed here. housed in a gothic revival building the exhibits were large and varied - truly beyond my imagination - even my...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Check out this awesome museum Great space exhibition was a nice discovery Great views of the gardens from the the top floor cafe

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It’s a medium-size museum in the city centre that showcases mainly New Zealand’s Maori history and early settlers. There is a lot to see, so expect to spend at least two hours to appreciate the history. It’s free, and located beside the Botanic Gardens

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Needing somewhere to go on a cold Saturday morning we thought we'd try what looks on the outside to be an old fashioned style museum. There are still some fusty, dusty exhibits but enough well curated stuff to keep us well occupied for over two...More

Thank kiwihilz
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent museum with a broad variety of excellent displays. The information on the NZ moas was fascinating and children were well catered for. The cafe overlooks the botanic garden, the food is very good and reasonably priced. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Thank 926PaulT
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to see the museum, but only had a few hours to look. Some very interesting exhibits, would be great for children. Hope to come back and spend more time one day.

Thank Squasheee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was both interesting and dull. It was an odd mixture, almost as if the city hadn't yet determined any long term plans or budget for the place. Not sure if I'd go again.

Thank Andy C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised by the volume of items they had on display as well as the variety of subjects covered. A nice spot to visit!

Thank Katie W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not to be missed if you are in Christchurch. Very informative and excellent overall sights inside the museum; also it is in the heart of city, so highly accessible.

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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
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