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Address: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-366 5000
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Today
09:00 - 17:30
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Hours:
Wed 09:00 - 20:30
Thu - Tue 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's...

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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Exciting exhibition about Air New Zealamd

Do not miss visiting this museum right now and see the exhibizion 75 years of Air New Zealand. Very well done, interesting, with plenty of information on ANZ and flying in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bern
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Do not miss visiting this museum right now and see the exhibizion 75 years of Air New Zealand. Very well done, interesting, with plenty of information on ANZ and flying in general. Funny 'safety videos' of Air New Zealand make the viditors laugh their heads off.

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Calgary, Alberta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I spent a couple of hours touring the museum - and found it very interesting. We especially enjoyed the Maori artifacts/history, early birds of NZ, early Christchurch street scene, and the special exhibit of New Zealand Air. Admission is by donation. Located next to the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

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Mackay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Museum is well set out with a diverse range of displays. All where well presented and informative. It is a very interesting mix of New Zealand history as well as a bit of Asia and an interesting Mummy display. The Mummy display is quiet small but well set out. Spent a couple of hours just wandering arround without ant difficulty.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They didn't sell the standard tourist stuff, but had the normal brochures and the normal tours. There are much better I-sites in New Zealand.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very note testing museum for young and old. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it is free. If course, we gave. Donation. They have early life in NZ, a great aviation display, dinosaurs, birds of NZ and more. There is something to interest anyone.

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Belleville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thoughtfully laid out museum providing a good history on the area, especially enjoyed the exhibits on Antarctica. Could definitely spend the better part of a day here.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A museum that seems to have it all, from archeological, historical, natural,and cultural exhibits. Beautiful building located next to Hagley park. A great way to spend a few hours gaining an insight into the local culture. The Air New Zealand exhibition was excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the museum. It gives a great background to Maori people and other historical events and also looked at more modern things (e.g. celebration of air travel).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although I live in Christchurch, I hadn't been to the museum for decades. We had friends visiting from the North Island and decided that a leisurely walk around the gardens should be followed by a stint at the museum. The first impression was so welcoming as we were given a map and told about the special Air NZ exhibition. Finding... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited the museum for the first time to see the Air NZ exhibition. Beautiful building and on a wet day, not too crowded. The exhibition was excellent and noted there was plenty of other displays to view.

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