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“Great place for adults and children”
Review of Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum
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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram
Ranked #6 of 239 things to do in Christchurch
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great place for adults and children”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The museum is great. Park your car in Botanic Gardens car park (free for 2 hours) and walk through to the museum (take about 10 mins but a lovely walk). Donations for entry in to the museum. I would suggest at least $20 per visit/family as all donations go back in to the museum and you can always go back again. You can give your coats/bags to the staff at the desk and then walk straight on through. They always have at least one new exhibition on per term, at the moment it is to do with the body but what ever they do it is always informative. On entering the museum you see what it was like hundreds of years ago with the Moa etc. Scenes are set up and exhibits of the tools, clothes, etc. You can then go on to visit Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House. Here they show a clip of a film and then you can go into the rooms they decorated with Paua shells. You can go down an old street showcasing the different shops, lots of different furniture in another area, Antarctic area is also great... and there is lots more.
Cafe upstairs which I've heard is reasonably priced and tastes nice. Kids have a few activities or toys to play with.
9.00am - 5.00pm (April - September)
9.00am - 5.30pm (October - March)
Open everyday except Christmas Day

Entry to Discovery is $2 per person - this is where the young children can get hands on. Great display of butterflies inside. You'll spent at least 30 mins in here and can spend a lot more...

Visited July 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A step down memory lane”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Although I have been here several times, I must confess I haven't been for a year. As NZ is a new country, many of the artefacts are from the early settlers time (1840-50) and the street tableau are fascinating. there is an excellent Maori exhibition here as well.

Visited September 2013
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great day outing for all.”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

I went to the museum a couple of times on my recent visit to Christchurch. While I was there I was amazed with the art work as it didn't just stay within the museum it started to appear around the city.(forward thinking) creating something new in a old exterior. It had a exhibition on the Antarctic on the past and recent activities. I love the location as it's along Avon river and Botanic gardens. Great little souvenir shop. Great place for everyone. The added bonus its free.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Alison W
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great museum!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Really nice museum with friendly staff who were more than willing to introduce me to the exhibitions. With a horse and bike that children can ride on, and a snow mobile for the bigger people it's a really entertaining place to spend an afternoon. A wide range of attractions, I really enjoyed the Maori stuff.

Visited August 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“**Best Museum in New Zealand**”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

This has to be one of the best museums in NZ with FREE entry! In a historical building which there arn't many left since the earthquake. You could spend hours walking around - info on all things from Christchurch and Canterbury to the Early Maoris and settlers. Cafe up stairs in okay no much selection but great view !

Visited July 2014
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