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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 2 days ago

Nice to see somewhere in this day and age thats FREE! Well done! Museum is well presented, clean, and covers a wide range of interest topics.

Thank RabnDazz
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I love museums, so consider this the review of a museum nerd. Is this the most slick museum ever? Nope! It is, however, thoughtfully arranged and full of interesting exhibits. I'm baffled by a review stating that this museum is cluttered or confusing. It's a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had to twist my husband's arm to get him inside, then I couldn't get him out! We spent the time I had allocated to the museum and most of the time I had allocated to the Botanic Garden! We truly loved the World War...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A hard one to call here. There were lots of interesting stuff in the museum but the exhibits were cluttered and hard to follow. It felt very crowded. There had been some attempt to modernize with interactive displays which certainly worked for the kids there....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Canterbury Museum has some good exhibits related to the Maori Culture. Also there is an excellent exhibit detailing New Zealand's involvement in WW1 and the battles in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and France.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here yesterday for a University assignment. There’s usually great exhibitions on, earlier in the year there was a National Geographic Photography exhibition and yesterday and interactive Planet Earth one and a Global Warming one upstairs. You could spend ages there, great for younger kids...More

Thank amelial422
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best museums we have visited, and for free! Lots to learn here with a wealth of history that is well presented. Great for families and easy to get too, don’t miss this museum.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sincerely, one of the best in the world I've been in. So surprising, as I thought it'd take me 30 minutes....and I had to come back the next day ! Some topics about WWI explained there, I've never seen or read about them anywhere else....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interactive and informative museum. My husband and I spent a lot of time looking at all the case exhibits. I am not from here but my husband is, he was sharing all about the area and what the exhibits were portraying. I definitely...More

Thank Susie L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interactive and informative museum. I spent a lot of time in the museum. It has a lot of different cases. I will definitely go again.

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d171Hd
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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