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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
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoying walking around the museum with a wide range of things to see, would be great for kids of all ages.

Thank ValianBrisbane
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 7 yo and I spent a great couple of hours exploring the museum. His favourite bit was the Antarctic exhibition that has a snow mobile to ride. Mine was the exhibition on Japanese body tattoos called perseverance. We then ending with lunch at the...More

Thank Tammy C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. Enjoyable for both young children and adults. If you want to know the history of New Zealand, in short period of time this is the place.

Thank kazihoque
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum staff are very kind and helpful if you have questions, but otherwise leave you alone. It was interesting to learn about the history of the Maori, the Moritori (spelling?), and see a replica of Christchurch in old days. There was also an interesting...More

Thank SanDiegoCross
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kids loves dinosaurs so I'm happy to see them get excited! I enjoyed the paua shell house as well. Great time to spend especially when you have kids. The lady from reception offered us that she can take our family photo so thats a bonus....More

Thank Lovetravellove
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As it's free, I wasn't expecting much but as you walk further you can't help but be amazed by how much they've fit in without it feeling cluttered. The exhibits on my visit ranged from local history to antarctic expeditions and Asian history and were...More

Thank aidnel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow and wow. How this place is free amazes me. So much to see from the early settlers to Antarctic expeditions to Japanese tattoos. We spent most of the day here and still didn't see it all.

Thank Ohippy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A highly organized and put together display. Well worth the value - one could spend a good many hours here.

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rainy day, what better option than a Museum tour, the paua house cuteness, the iconic ChCh early settler street, the Maori history and exhibits. The interesting section on Antarctica as a teaser before the Antarctica Centre. The visitors enjoyed trying out the old bike, struggling...More

Thank PauleLec
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum after the botanic gardens as it was a great way to spend the afternoon without spending any money! We thoroughly enjoyed the museum (so much so that we had to rush a few of the last exhibits because we had been...More

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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